Failure to diagnose leads to an estimated 250,000 deaths in the United States every year.
Many of these involve failure to properly diagnose serious conditions
stemming from cancer to mental health problems. Some of the most common
conditions that are misidentified as other, less serious medical problems include:
Cancer: Because cancer can affect virtually any organ or system within the body,
its symptoms can be wide and varying, depending on the affected area.
As such, may be quick to help you treat your symptoms without taking the
time to properly evaluate the cause, missing the chance to identify and
stop cancer in its tracks. (The most common forms of misdiagnosed cancer
include that of the breast, pancreas, and colorectal system.)
Heart attack: You’ve probably heard that heart attacks cause sudden discomfort
in the left arm, intense chest pain, and other symptoms like vomiting
and fatigue. Doctors are trained to spot the signs of an impending heart
attack, and the consequences of misdiagnosis or delayed identification
of a heart attack can be devastating and result in permanent brain damage or death.
Celiac disease: Many people receive varying incorrect diagnoses and undergo treatment for
multiple other conditions (commonly including irritable bowel syndrome)
before being accurately diagnosed with Celiac disease. Untreated Celiac
disease can lead to severe digestive problems, depression, and reduced
quality of life when not treated properly.
When doctors fail to identify any of the above conditions, you may suffer
as a result and your life may be put at risk. You may also accrue costly
medical bills and related expenses that could have been avoided if your
doctor had properly diagnosed your condition. If this happens to you or
someone you love, get in touch with a medical malpractice lawyer as soon
Compassionate, Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serving Philadelphia
At Golomb & Honik, P.C., we provide attentive, personalized legal service
to people who have suffered unnecessary harm and injury due to the negligent
practices of a hospital or physician. If you or someone you love has endured
painful consequences and medical complications because of a doctor’s
carelessness or failure to heed obvious signs, we may be able to help
you take legal action to make up for the financial consequences of their
mistakes. Allow us to come alongside you, reassure you, and be your advocates
as you seek to make things right.
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