Even the best doctors can make a mistake. But when that mistake puts a life at risk, no patient should have to suffer the consequences in silence. If you or a loved one’s health has been put at risk by a doctor’s failure to diagnose, the Rubin & Machado Ltd. legal team in Chicago, IL, can help guide you through the process of pursuing legal action. Reach out today to learn whether your case qualifies for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In a medical malpractice suit, your attorney can pursue three types of diagnostic failures:
For a successful malpractice suit, your attorney must prove four points:
In practice, diagnostic failures can cover a wide range of mistakes. A doctor may fail to ask about a patient’s medical history or personal habits when assessing risk factors. He or she may dismiss symptoms as temporary or minor and fail to order the proper tests or treatments for a condition. Or, if a test is ordered, he or she may misinterpret the results, or not notice the symptoms at all.
If a patient does not receive proper medical care as a result, their illness or injury could grow worse and eventually prove fatal. Any of these failures could be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
However, patients owe certain responsibilities, as well. If a patient is not honest about his or her medical history, personal habits, or health concerns, the doctor cannot diagnose their condition accurately. Consequently, there may not be grounds for a medical malpractice suit.
With more than 50 years combined experience in personal injury litigation, our team of attorneys can guide you through the process of pursuing justice for medical malpractice. Contact us today to take the first step.