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When a healthcare professional fails to diagnose a condition, or comes to the wrong conclusion about a particular condition that a patient is suffering from, then this is considered a form of medical malpractice. Such malpractice is unfortunately occurring more and more frequently mainly due to doctors being stressed because of under-staffing and high patient volumes in hospitals. The highly stressed and overly busy doctors often discount otherwise obvious symptoms as benign, and also fail to take essential tests that could help to determine the severity of patient symptoms.
One quarter of all medical malpractice lawsuits are the result of a healthcare professional failing to diagnose a condition correctly.
There are many examples of health care professionals failing to diagnose a condition, and it resulting in patient suffering, or even death. A case that recently came to light involved the failure of healthcare professionals to diagnose an obvious appendicitis. As a result of the medical malpractice of those involved, the patient unfortunately died. Another recent example of a medical malpractice case of this kind occurred when a doctor failed to diagnose a heart attack in a patient who was 50 years old and suffered with diabetes. In this case again the lack of diagnosis resulted in death.
The most common occurrences of misdiagnosis cases involve the failure of a health care professional to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, or to diagnose cancer.
Medical malpractice cases involving undiagnosed conditions can be complex, and often follow a series of rules, and difficult medical questions. As a result, it is highly advised that if you, or a loved one, has suffered as a result of an undiagnosed condition, that you seek professional legal advice or representation in order to ensure your legal rights are protected.
We know what to do if you or a loved one has suffered as a result of an undiagnosed condition that was caused by medical malpractice in the Washington area. We also know what questions to ask, and what information we need to gather in order to build a strong legal case for you. As a result we have had success with a number of medical malpractice cases, and are well versed in laws regarding undiagnosed conditions due to medical malpractice in Washington.