Holding Medical Professionals Accountable For Missed Diagnoses
A significant portion of medical malpractice cases can be tied to either a missed, delayed or incorrect diagnosis. When the staff of a medical facility cannot correctly and swiftly diagnose a condition, there can be dramatic consequences. If you or a loved one was misdiagnosed, it is crucial that you seek experienced legal guidance.
As a premier Chicago personal injury firm, Clifford Law Offices is prepared to handle even the most complex medical negligence cases. While it is nearly impossible to ascribe concrete statistics to the catastrophic outcomes of a missed diagnosis, it is widely understood to be a serious problem from emergency rooms to intensive care units (ICU) to outpatient facilities. For a serious condition, reaching a proper diagnosis in a timely manner can mean the difference between life and death.
What Could Cause A Misdiagnosis?
Medical crises often create chaos. The fast-reacting staff in an emergency room often does an exemplary job diagnosing and treating serious conditions. It is not uncommon, however, for the situation to overwhelm even veteran medical professionals. Numerous factors can lead to a missed or delayed diagnosis, including:
- Failure to order the correct diagnostic tests
- Failure to collect an accurate patient history
- Failure to acknowledge patient complaints
- Failure to correctly interpret test results
- Failure to start an effective course of treatment
- Waiting too long for a medical consult
An experienced malpractice attorney will carefully review your files, often with the assistance of trusted medical experts, to gain a clear understanding of the progression of your illness and what your doctor could have done to help you. With extensive experience in both personal injury and medical malpractice cases, we understand what it takes to build a strong, effective strategy. Trust our firm to aggressively investigate your case and pursue a beneficial settlement to resolve the case in an efficient manner.
Every case at our firm is prepared as if we are going to trial and your case will be determined by a jury of your peers. Although some 95 percent of all cases ultimately settle, we approach every case as though we will need to see it through to the end of a jury trial. If justice can be achieved through a settlement instead of a trial, we discuss that option with you and give you all the information you need to make a decision.
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