Recovering From Diagnosis Error Injuries

Last updated on January 3, 2024

Medical malpractice claims can not only apply to the way that a patient is treated during their stay at a hospital, but also how they are diagnosed before their treatment. A doctor misdiagnosing an illness or failing to diagnose it at all can have disastrous consequences on a patient. In these cases, the liable party needs to be held accountable for their actions.

At Hicks & Funfsinn Kentucky Lawyers, we have been helping injured patients recover from all forms of medical malpractice for more than 20 years. We understand the pain of being hurt by health care providers, and we know how to pursue the optimal outcome in their claims.

Combating Misdiagnosis Injuries

Not every instance of a misdiagnosis qualifies as malpractice. A malpractice claim will need to prove that the doctor had a duty of care to a patient, they violated that duty, the harm that violation created, and the resulting damages. Common causes of a misdiagnosis that qualifies as malpractice include:

  • Lack of patient consultation
  • Not offering necessary referrals
  • Lab result errors
  • Failing to provide a follow-up in care

The longer it takes for a doctor to identify an ailment, the more time the ailment has to progress into something untreatable, fatal or with permanent consequences, and your malpractice claim should reflect the cost of those consequences.

What Causes A Failure To Diagnose

Several scenarios cause failure to diagnose errors, which can have considerable consequences. A few examples of these causes include:

  • Lack of education
  • Testing errors
  • Cognitive bias
  • Communication errors
  • Lack of testing

We take the time to review the details of the malpractice cases our clients bring to us to determine what liability the medical provider has in these cases and develop our strongest possible claim against them.

Our Team Is Here For You

Whether you suffered an unnecessary progression of cancer or another illness or even experienced loss of life as a result of a diagnosis error, we have more than 60 years of combined experience in these claims that we are prepared to put to work for your benefit.

If you suspect you suffered avoidable injuries or worsened conditions due to the time it took to receive an accurate diagnosis, allow our lawyers to review your situation and guide you through your claims process. Call our attorneys at our Kentucky offices across the state at 859.286.7840 or email us here today to schedule your initial consultation.