When Arizona patients are suffering from some types of medical conditions, timely diagnoses may be vital for their chances of recovery. Unfortunately, a correct diagnosis may be delayed because of medical errors that are made by doctors. If you have suffered from a delayed diagnosis and have developed a worsened condition with a poorer prognosis as a result, you may have the legal basis for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Some diseases and illnesses such as cancer, stroke or a heart attack must be diagnosed quickly. A delay in a cancer diagnosis may result in the patient not receiving the care necessary to save his or her life. Stroke and heart attack victims who are not diagnosed correctly may die. Some people may also receive the wrong diagnoses, resulting in them receiving harmful treatments that are unneeded and that result in debilitating injuries or death.
Determining whether medical malpractice occurred may be complex. You will need to be able to obtain all of the relevant medical records and decipher what they mean. You will also need to understand the legal concepts involved with the standards of care that are expected of health care practitioners and facilities.
At our law firm, we understand how devastating medical mistakes can be for our clients. We have represented both victims and the families of those who have died because of diagnostic errors. We fobtain the opinions of medical experts in order to determine how to proceed with a case. If you think that you have been the victim of medical negligence because of diagnostic errors that caused you harm, you might want to read the information that we have compiled on our failure to diagnose medical conditions page.