San Antonio Misdiagnosis Lawyer
Misdiagnosis, Delayed Diagnosis & Failure to Diagnose
Diagnostic errors are some of the most common examples of medical malpractice. When physicians misdiagnose patients, provide delayed diagnoses, or fail to diagnose conditions altogether, patients can experience a wide range of serious injuries, illnesses, and life-threatening conditions. Sadly, diagnostic mistakes can also lead to death.
If you or a loved one suffered because of a medical provider’s failure to properly diagnose a serious injury or illness, you may have grounds for a medical negligence claim. At Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C., we represent individuals and families who have experienced immense physical, emotional, and financial harm due to substandard medical care, including improper and failed diagnoses. For more than 60 years, our firm has been fighting on behalf of injured San Antonians and their loved ones; we know what you are up against, and we are ready to advocate tirelessly for you.
Common Diagnostic Errors
While most medical professionals draw on years of training and experience to properly assess a patient’s symptoms, diagnostic errors can and do happen. Often, though not always, these errors are the result of negligence.
Examples of common diagnostic errors include:
- Misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis of cancer
- Failure to order proper diagnostic tests
- Improper analysis of test/lab results
- Mistakes in conducting diagnostic tests
- Failure to diagnose a heart attack or stroke
- Misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis of pneumonia
- Failure to diagnose/delayed diagnosis of infections
- Failure to review a patient’s medical history
These and other common diagnostic errors account for a large percentage of medical mistakes every year. Sadly, these errors often lead to catastrophic injury, permanent disability, and death.
When patients do not receive a proper or timely diagnosis, they are unable to get the critical medical care they need. Because early detection and treatment are key for so many injuries, illnesses, and conditions, this can have disastrous consequences. Common complications associated with misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failure to diagnose include sepsis, late-stage cancer, life-threatening vascular events, and more.
What Is a Delayed Diagnosis?
Like misdiagnosis, which involves a medical professional providing the wrong diagnosis (or no diagnosis) to a patient, delayed diagnosis can have serious consequences. A delayed diagnosis occurs when a doctor or another medical professional fails to provide a timely diagnosis, leading to a delay in treatment.
Delayed diagnosis cases are often very complex, as the victim must prove that the treating physician or specialist failed to provide a diagnosis in an acceptable timeframe. This typically involves demonstrating that another qualified medical provider could have reasonably been expected to provide a diagnosis sooner, based on the information available (e.g., the patient’s symptoms, test results, medical history, etc.). As with all medical malpractice claims, you must essentially prove that the treating physician failed to uphold the standard of care.
For example, if an individual has an extremely rare condition with symptoms that are very similar to other illnesses, his or her primary care physician may be unable to quickly diagnose the patient’s condition. If the physician orders a series of tests, is unable to provide a diagnosis and therefore refers the patient to a specialist for additional testing, this generally does not constitute negligence, as the physician did everything possible and appropriate to treat the patient. However, if the physician ignores the patient’s symptoms, fails to order any diagnostic tests, does not take the patient’s medical history into account, and sends the patient home without a diagnosis or with an incorrect diagnosis, this could be considered medical malpractice. In such circumstances, the patient may have a delayed diagnosis case if he or she can prove that the physician’s failure to provide a timely diagnosis led to serious injury and/or damages.
Fighting for Maximum Compensation in Your Case
A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can wreak havoc in your life. At Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C., we understand the immense impact medical negligence has, which is why our San Antonio misdiagnosis lawyers fight for the maximum recoveries their clients are owed. We can help you seek fair compensation for your additional medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If your loved one died due to an improper diagnosis, we can help you bring a lawsuit against the liable medical provider, hospital, or healthcare facility.
Our team offers compassionate, personalized legal representation tailored to each client’s unique needs. With a team of expert medical witnesses, economists, and other specialists, we are able to analyze the true cost of your medical provider’s mistake and fight for the full, fair compensation you deserve.
Reach out to us today at (210) 361-2997 to request a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. There are no fees unless/until we win your case.
Birth Injury $7,000,000
Birth injury involving hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (2020) Contingency Fee: $2,800,000 Reimbursable Expenses: $75,578 Net to Client: $4,124,421
Birth Injury $5,750,000
Involving hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (2014) Contingency Fee: $1,786,738.72 Reimbursable Expenses: $170,000.00 Net to Client: $3,396,261.28
Head-on Collision $5,000,000
With an 18-wheeler causing serious injury and death (2008) Contingency Fee: $1,799,990.00 Reimbursable Expenses: $150,000.00 Net to Client: $2,581,834,89
Carbon Monoxide Leak $4,290,000
Exposed the crew to harmful gasses (2006) Contingency Fee: $1,716,000.00 Case Expenses: $100,000 Net to Client: $2,474,000.00
Construction Accident Death $3,600,000
Due to dangerous work conditions (2015) Contingency Fee: $1,440,000.00 Case Expenses: $125,000.00 Net to Client: $2,035,000.00
Trucking Accident $3,000,000
Trucking accident resulting in death (2015) Contingency Fees: $1,000,000.00 Case Expenses: $93,455.68 Net to Client $1,906,544.32
Failure To Diagnose $1,820,000
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Back Surgery Resulting in Paralysis $1,600,000
Back surgery resulting in paralysis (2014) Contingency Fee: $640,000.00 Case Expenses: $170,000.00 Net to Client: $790,000.00
Ceiling Collapse $1,450,000
Ceiling collapse at a construction site resulting in injuries (2012) Contingency Fee: $438,476.26 Case Expenses: $26,952.51 Net to Client: $984,571.23
Failure To Diagnose $1,370,000
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