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We all rely on doctors to identify and diagnose illness and serious conditions early enough so that we can take the necessary steps to get proper treatment. But if your New Haven doctor fails to diagnose your serious or potentially life-threatening condition, the outcome could be devastating. If a failure to diagnose a New Haven illness results in further sickness or bodily harm, there are legal options available.
At Jacobs & Jacobs, our New Haven medical malpractice lawyers will thoroughly investigate the situation and fight on your behalf to hold the responsible doctors accountable. We’re committed to winning fair compensation for you or any loved one that’s been impacted by medical negligence.
Physicians owe many responsibilities to their patients. They must conduct themselves in accordance with the high standards maintained by the medical industry. While performing tasks such as patient intake, doctor’s appointments, tests and diagnoses, doctors must use an appropriate level of care and prudence. If a physician falls short of these duties of care, the patient can suffer the consequences. This is a tort known as medical malpractice.
One of the most common examples of medical malpractice is the failure to diagnose an injury, illness, disease or condition. Some of the most dangerous errors include:
A physician must use the process of eliminations to make a diagnosis. A doctor should listen carefully to the patient’s complaints, review his or her medical history, make a list of possible diagnoses, and recommend tests to narrow down the list. Any failure to fulfill this duty, such as rushing through a doctor’s appointment, misreading test results or failing to recommend the patient to a specialist, could lead to a harmful misdiagnosis – or no diagnosis at all. This can result in the patient never receiving the medical treatments that he or she needs.
At Jacobs & Jacobs, Our medical malpractice attorneys in New Haven know what it takes to hold a doctor or health care center responsible for the failure to diagnose. Our attorneys understand the New Haven diagnostic process and will thoroughly investigate all pertinent medical records, x-rays, test results, lab errors and steps taken by the doctor.
Early detection is critical, and carelessness or inattentiveness on the part of the attending doctor can result in severe illness or even death. Doctors are trained to identify symptoms and provide the treatment and options available. Our law firm holds these health care providers accountable when they fail to correctly address serious medical conditions in New Haven.
If you were injured by the failure to diagnose a condition in a timely manner, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the responsible doctor and/or hospital. To bring this type of lawsuit, you or your attorney must have evidence that supports your claim. It is your burden of proof as the filing party to prove the elements of your case as more likely to be true than not true through clear and convincing evidence. A lawsuit based on the failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis will consist of three main elements:
Proving a failure to diagnose case can be difficult – especially since the hospital’s insurance company will do its best to avoid a high payout. You may be up against a powerful insurance corporation and aggressive legal team. An attorney from Jacobs & Jacobs can help you collect evidence to establish the elements of your medical malpractice case. Then, we can present a compelling case to a defendant on your behalf. We will take over negotiations and litigation with the defendant to increase your chances of a successful case outcome.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a health care provider’s careless failure to diagnose your injury or condition, don’t hesitate to contact Jacobs & Jacobs to request a free initial consultation at our local law firm in Connecticut. We have the experience, financial resources, and access to medical experts needed to thoroughly investigate medical malpractice cases and fight for justice. Call our firm at (203) 777-2300 to discuss your case.