We know that you put your trust in the hands of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals when something is wrong. When you go to the hospital, you do so because you are not feeling well. It can be a scary time.

You fully expect that the people working to make you better perform at a high standard, making sure all of the required tests and procedures are done to figure out what is wrong with you.

But what happens if they fail to properly diagnose you and your condition worsen?

When you need a Norristown failure to diagnose attorney, turn to The Weitz Firm to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

The Reality

When people think of medical mistakes, they usually think of surgical errors or medicine overdoses, but we found out that is not the most common problem.

How is this for a dose of reality – Johns Hopkins researchers found that diagnostic errors accounted for the largest fraction of medical malpractice claims, the most severe patient harm, and the highest level of penalty payouts.

Diagnostic error – a diagnosis that is missed, wrong or delayed, as detected by some subsequent definitive test or finding.

Considering that medical errors kill an estimated 250,000 people a year and injure countless others, that means that there are too many diagnostic errors.

ER Rush

When you go to the emergency room, it may be busy. While we understand that ER doctors and nurses have many things to deal with all at once, this should not mean that they forego tests and procedures that they should be performing. It does not mean that they should not get a full patient history.

Overworked and busy doctors and nurses tend to make more diagnostic errors.

If a patient is experiencing dizziness and nausea after they have fallen down, but the doctor only treats their broken wrist, they are potentially missing that the patient may have a brain bleed. Instead of an MRI, the patient gets a splinted extremity when the major medical emergency is happening inside their skull.

Doctors and nurses rarely intentionally cause a patient harm. Rather, it is a negligence in performing their every day duties that change lives.

What You Can Do

When you went to the doctor, whether for a routine checkup or to the hospital for an emergency, the last thing you expected was to get worse. If a healthcare professional fails to diagnose a condition that they should have caught, the consequences can be devastating.

When you need a failure to diagnose attorney in Norristown, you can count on The Weitz Firm to be by your side. Medical mistakes and a failure to diagnose a patient’s condition can lead to long-term consequences or even death. We want to help you recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income if you miss work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages

You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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