Delays and Mistakes in Diagnosis
Our lawyers have represented patients injured from diagnosis errors and delays causing decreased life expectancy, brain damage or death.
The following are some typical fact patterns when patients are misdiagnosed:
- Primary Care Physician and Gynecologist did not diagnose breast cancer leading to increase in size of tumor, delay in treatment and decreased life expectancy.
- Primary Care Physician did not screen patient over 50 for colon cancer resulting in unchecked development of Colon Cancer to Stage IV with metastasis to liver, brain resulting in premature death.
- 58-year-old’s early stage lung cancer shown, but not diagnosed in chest x-ray taken for suspicion of pneumonia. Patient’s lung cancer developed to Stage IV, causing death.
- 27-year-old’s spinal infection misdiagnosed and not treated resulting in permanent paralysis of legs.
- Primary Care Physician did not diagnose 48-year-old patient’s Diverticulitis resulting in perforation of colon, colon surgery and ileostomy placement.
- 35-year-old Patient misdiagnosed with stroke, allowing the actual problem, a brain infection, to progress without treatment causing permanent brain damage.
- Kidney specialist misdiagnosed 8-year-old Child’s treatable ureter obstruction as untreatable kidney disease resulting in needless destruction of kidneys and requiring kidney transplant.
- Primary Care Physician misdiagnosed treatable bacterial throat infection as a viral infection so no antibiotics given resulting in 24-year-old patient’s death.
- Radiologist misdiagnosed 30-year-old’s Pulmonary Embolism as Pneumonia resulting in failure to give blood thinner medication and death from second, massive Pulmonary Embolism.
- Failure to diagnose and treat arterial-venous malformation in 18-year-old’s brain resulted in severe brain damage.
- Emergency Room doctor and Internist did not properly rule treat 51-year-old’s temporary ischemic attacks (TIA) leading to a massive stroke one month later.
- During vaginal examination on 42-year-old woman, Gynecologist saw and documented a vaginal lesion, but did not work it up to rule out cancer. As a result, vaginal cancer grew unchecked resulting in death three years later.
- Radiologist failed to detect Breast Cancer in mammogram leading to delayed diagnosis, advanced stage of cancer, bilateral mastectomy and high risk of cancer recurrence.