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Dedicated Attorneys Holding Doctors Accountable For Failure To Diagnose

For all of its progress, medical science is not perfect. With complex medical conditions, obtaining an accurate diagnosis can take time, testing and some educated guesswork. Unfortunately, doctors sometimes miss obvious and time-sensitive diagnoses like cancer and strokes because they aren’t as diligent as the standard of care requires. Failing to diagnose these conditions can and does lead to severe injury and preventable death.

If you or a loved one suffered serious harm due to a physician’s negligent misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, contact Shevlin Smith, P.C. Our medical malpractice attorneys have more than 70 years of combined experience, and we are ready to help you fight for accountability and compensation from the at-fault provider.

Commonly Missed Conditions Cited In Malpractice Litigation

Many conditions could go undiagnosed with only mild consequences. But others must be recognized and treated as soon as possible, including:

  • Cancer of all types
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes and/or blood clots
  • Aneurysms
  • Diabetes
  • Serious infections
  • Meningitis

Whether the doctor fails to diagnose one of these conditions or misdiagnoses it as something else, the result is unaffordable delays in treatment and emergency interventions.

When Is Failure To Diagnose Considered To Be Malpractice?

Proving medical malpractice requires the plaintiff to demonstrate several things, including showing that the physician violated the expected standard of care. A doctor may be liable for failure to diagnose if they:

  • Failed to order or conduct critical diagnostic tests or scans
  • Ordered the wrong tests
  • Failed to interview the patient thoroughly or to ask the types of questions that would have led to a diagnosis
  • Incorrectly interpreted the results of lab tests or scans
  • Performed only a cursory examination of the patient and missed obvious symptoms because of it
  • Failed to refer a patient to a specialist, when needed

The standard of care is what a reasonable physician in the same field would have provided under the same circumstances. In order to prove that the defendant violated the expected standard of care, our attorneys often work with expert witnesses in the medical profession who can provide knowledgeable testimony.

Demonstrating Actual Injury Due To Physician Negligence

Medical malpractice claims also require plaintiffs to prove that the patient suffered injuries or death as the result of the physician’s failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis. You likely wouldn’t be taking legal action if you were uninjured, but it can be difficult to prove that the injuries were a direct result of what the physician did or failed to do. As your attorneys, we will work tirelessly to show how the diagnostic error led to injuries, a worsening of the condition or the death of a loved one.

Tell Us Your Story During A Free Consultation

Based in Fairfax, Shevlin Smith, P.C., represents clients in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. To schedule your free initial consultation with our knowledgeable and experienced medical malpractice lawyers, you can reach out online or call 703-634-7350.