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Failure to Diagnose

Put the Experience of Our Boston Attorneys to Work in Your Failure-to-Diagnose Lawsuit

Our dedication to people who have suffered the effects of failed diagnoses has resulted in verdicts as high as $2.5 million

A wrong or missed diagnosis is more than a mistake; it can be a matter of life and death. It means that treatment is delayed and a disease or condition that could have been cured or controlled if caught in a timely manner may have worsened.

Doctors, radiologists and surgeons are human, but they are also highly trained professionals held to a standard of care — and whom we entrust with our well-being.  When your physician fails to diagnose a condition because of negligence or carelessness, that physician is liable for the damage it causes.

A medical malpractice lawsuit cannot fix the unjust harm caused to you, but it can allow you to receive compensation that you need to cover additional hospital, treatment and other medical expenses, the wages you have lost and your pain and suffering.

At Swartz & Lynch LLP in Boston, our attorneys have a track record of success in recovering damages for our clients in failure to diagnose cases, including a $2.5 million award for a client whose physician missed dangerous coronary artery disease, and $1.7 million award for a Massachusetts woman with a missed diagnosis of cervical cancer.

Know what your symptoms are and learn about the most commonly missed diagnoses

These days, physicians often try to move as many patients through their offices as possible in the shortest amount of time. Hospital malpractice is often the result of understaffed and overcrowded emergency rooms. Your best defense against a failed diagnosis is to explain your symptoms to the physician, if you are able to do so. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or get a second opinion if you feel uncomfortable with what you are hearing.

Failure to diagnose has been cited as the leading reason for malpractice lawsuits against radiologists, but other medical professionals are sued for this reason. Some of the most common conditions and diseases that physicians fail to diagnose include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attacks, particularly those in women
  • Heart failure (congestive heart failure)
  • Lyme disease
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Kidney disease
  • Infections

Physicians may fail to diagnose your condition because:

  • They did not take a thorough family history
  • They did not order the appropriate tests
  • MRIs or X-rays were misinterpreted
  • They did not refer you to a specialist

Let us help you get full and fair compensation if your physician failed to correctly diagnose your condition

Taking on the medical establishment requires experience, skill and determination. Count on Swartz & Lynch LLP to fight aggressively on your behalf if a medical professional has failed to diagnose a condition, causing you harm. Your lawyer can evaluate your case and explain your options during a free initial consultation. To learn more about how an AV-rated attorney from our Boston personal injury law firm can help you recover damages, contact a Boston injury attorney online or call us at 857-250-0664 to schedule a time to talk. If you are unable to meet at our office, we can gladly travel to the hospital or your home.

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