Failure to Diagnose & Misdiagnosis
Legal Claims Based on Medical Misdiagnosis
We rely on our doctors to listen to our medical complaints, order the necessary tests and make accurate diagnosis - and we rely on them to make diagnoses that are accurate and timely, so that we can seek appropriate treatment in the event of serious illness.
If a doctor fails to order appropriate tests or fails to recognize obvious signs of illness, and if a medical misdiagnosis results, then the doctor may be legally responsible for the patient's unnecessary pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of quality of life.
At the Ginzkey Law Office, located in Bloomington, Illinois, we have more than 30 years of experience successfully representing injured people and their families, including in complex cases of medical malpractice involving failure to diagnose serious illness. If you have questions about your legal rights regarding a medical malpractice claim involving a medical misdiagnosis, contact our office for a complimentary and confidential consultation with Dawn E. Duggan and AV®-rated* attorney James P. Ginzkey.
Common Types of Medical Misdiagnosis Claims
Various types of cancers, as well as illnesses involving the heart, are the medical conditions that are the most vulnerable to a delayed or missed diagnosis. Early detection of cancers and heart disease is critically important if the patient is to enjoy a high likelihood of successful treatment.
- Misdiagnosis of breast cancer: Breast cancer can go undetected if a doctor misses persistent lumps in the breast, or if a radiologist fails to properly interpret a mammogram.
- Misdiagnosis of prostate cancer: Prostate cancer can be missed if the doctor fails to order or properly interpret blood workups to measure the body's levels of chemicals known as prostate specific antigens (PSAs).
- Misdiagnosis of stroke or heart attack: The 60 minutes after a stroke or heart attack are known as the "golden hour": if a patient gets appropriate and thorough medical care within an hour after suffering a stroke or myocardial infarction, the chances of long-term recovery are greatly increased. However, if the doctor misses the sign of impending stroke or heart attack, or if the doctor fails to respond, a viable claim for malpractice based on medical misdiagnosis may exist.
Ginzkey Law Office: Contingency Fees and Free Consultations
We handle all medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis; this means that we do not accept any attorney's fees unless and until our client receives a settlement or jury award.
For more information about our law firm, or to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation with experienced medical malpractice attorneys Jim Ginzkey and Dawn Duggan, contact our office today.
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