When doctors don’t make a diagnosis in a timely manner or in an effective manner, the patient is the one who suffers. The patient’s family also suffers because of the injuries the patient suffers. Think about what we discussed last week. A patient who has a misdiagnosed brain injury can suffer from a brain abscess. That can be a very serious issue. We don’t want our Pennsylvania neighbors to have to deal with the lasting effects of a failure to diagnose. Undiagnosed or improperly treated brain injuries aren’t the only medical negligence issues that can affect patients.
A person with cancer who isn’t diagnosed quickly can face a grim prognosis. The same is true for a person who is having a heart attack or a stroke. When people exhibiting symptoms consistent with any of those conditions seek medical care, they expect that the doctor will do testing that is necessary to determine what is going on. They expect that they will receive proper medical care. When that is delayed, the patient suffers.
In some cases, delayed treatments from a missed diagnosis can mean the patient will have to go through more treatments than would have been previously necessary. Those treatments can be costly for the patients. On top of the monetary hit the patient will take, there is also the thought of the emotional turmoil the patient will go through because of the medical issue.
Anyone who has been harmed by a doctor’s failure to diagnose a medical condition or by a medical professional failing to start acceptable treatment in a timely manner might opt to seek compensation. This can help to cover the cost of medical care that was necessitated by the delay in diagnosis or treatment.