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Delays in Diagnosing Illnesses

A physician has a vast responsibility to uphold when he or she conducts a check-up for the patient.

It is expected, during a medical appointment, that the physician will utilize due care to make sure that the hospital patient receives the appropriate treatment for concerning health issues which he or she may endure.

When a physician neglects to diagnose adequately, or delays a medical condition’s diagnosis, the result can be a catastrophic injury to that patient.

The diagnoses that is delayed can refer to an occurrence in which a time gap exists between the appointment of the patient with a physician, and the physician’s correct diagnosis of the illness of the patient.

The patients who are injured due to negligence may have a lawful claim against a physician for any lack of care.

A diagnosis delayed can be vastly problematic due to time being of the essence for any diagnosis of a variety in kinds of conditions.

If a physician neglects to diagnose adequately a case of appendicitis or cancer, then a hospital patient may not have sufficient time to receive care that he or she may need to recover.

In the case of a heart attack, hours may at a minimum for a physician to make the adequate diagnosis. Any delay when diagnosing a heart attack can lead to a fatality of that patient.

It is crucial to prove that there was an injury due to a delay in diagnosis for patients who believe they sustained catastrophic health issues because of a delayed diagnosis.

A hospital patient may also have the ability to prove that his or her existing condition became worse due to negligence of a physician to offer the appropriate diagnosis.

A Determination of the Physician Being Negligent in the Delay of Diagnosis

Patients who believe they sustained injuries due to the negligence of a physician to diagnose the illness will need to show proof that the physician was negligent under state law in some way.

This normally involves a complete investigation of a case with the facts to deem whether a physician was vastly negligent, or was somehow impaired in an appointment.

It is possible that a physician may have been under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or another substance in the duration of an appointment. This could have had an adverse effect on his or her ability to provide and reason prudent medical advice.

A physician may have merely deviated from standards of professional medicine in such a sloppy fashion that he or she was not able to diagnose the illness suitably.

An attorney who specializes in a delay in diagnosis can assist a hospital patient in the procedure of doing research in his or her case.

Medical malpractice attorneys have the ability to compare the performance of the physician with a performance of other medical profession physicians to deem whether the standard of care of him or her deviated from what is normally expected of a physician.

Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797

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