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Failure to Diagnose

Did your illness go untreated?

A physician must properly diagnose a condition in order to treat it. Obtaining the right diagnosis is critical when it comes to receiving the correct treatment. When a doctor fails to comply with the standards of practice for diagnosing a particular medical problem, the patient may be entitled to compensation for any resulting injuries or illnesses. As an example, doctors occasionally fail to diagnose patients who have had a stroke or are undergoing other cardiac ailments. Physicians are expected to know the symptoms of stroke and heart attack (myocardial infarction) in order to properly diagnose and treat patients.

Sometimes, medical conditions are simply difficult to diagnose. Your doctor has a duty of care to you to use every means necessary in order to diagnose your condition. While sometimes this may be the result of negligence such as ignoring your medical history, other times it may not. Some examples of conditions that are inherently difficult to diagnose are amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), fibromyalgia, lupus, crohn's disease and lyme disease. If you informed your doctor of all your symptoms truthfully and your doctor misdiagnosed or completely failed to diagnose your condition, you may be entitled to compensation for your worsened medical condition.

If you were harmed by a medical practitioner who failed to diagnose your medical condition, contact a Honolulu personal injury lawyer regarding your case. You may qualify for compensation to cover injury-related expenses and losses such as:

  • Hospitalization
  • Medical treatment and care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Lost income
  • Rehabilitation
  • Home care

Bostwick & Peterson LLP has extensive experience representing clients in medical malpractice cases involving failure to diagnose. We are a respected personal injury firm that will vigorously pursue any monetary damages you are due.

Hawaii Medical Malpractice Lawyer

A failure to diagnose a medical problem can lead to more severe health consequences, as well as long-term disabilities and even death. When a patient has died from medical malpractice, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim to cover funeral expenses, as well as loss of support and loss of companionship. Our firm provides trusted representation in wrongful death case, and will ensure your rights to compensation are protected. If you believe that you suffered further illness or medical injury as a result of misdiagnosis, please don't hesitate to contact our firm today.

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