Many people place great trust in their physicians, and rightfully so. Physicians have gone through many years of higher-level education and training to provide quality care to their patients. Unfortunately, this expected level of diligent care is not always given to patients, and even good doctors can make mistakes. Reaching out to a knowledgeable failure to diagnose attorney from Lowenthal & Abrams can ensure that your legal needs are addressed promptly.

When your doctor fails to use appropriate care in diagnosing a medical condition, you may experience a great deal of harm to your health. A Philadelphia failure to diagnose lawyer can help you analyze your situation to determine whether your doctor may owe you compensation for the losses you sustained due to their mistake.

Causes of Failing To Diagnose

Of course, no one, not even doctors, is required to always be perfect. To be liable for a failure to diagnose, it is not enough that a doctor did not make the correct diagnosis. Instead, a doctor will be liable for their mistake only if their conduct fails to comply with the applicable standard of care. The doctor is not judged purely on the results but on whether the process they employed was within the range of the accepted standards of medical practice given the knowledge and resources available to them at the time.

The inquiry into whether a doctor’s actions fall below the standard of care is specific to the facts that occurred. However, some common causes of a failure to diagnose might include:

  • Misreading lab or test results
  • Failing to perform necessary tests
  • Failing to consult standard or up-to-date literature
  • Not properly implementing a differential diagnosis
  • Inappropriately identifying symptoms as side effects of medication
  • Working without proper rest or while under the influence of alcohol
  • Ignoring or not putting sufficient weight on the patient’s description of their symptoms

Determining whether a doctor’s actions rise to a failure to diagnose claim is a complicated question that requires detailed investigation and analysis, but a Philadelphia lawyer can work with the appropriate medical experts to help analyze whether it occurred in an injured person’s specific situation.

Deadline to File a Claim

Even when a patient is injured by their doctor’s inappropriate or careless actions, they do not have an indefinite period to file a legal claim for their losses. Title 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes § 5524 provides that all lawsuits that claim a recovery for an injured person because of someone else’s negligence must be filed within two years of the date of the injury. If a claim is filed outside of this time, the court will likely dismiss it, and the injured person’s ability to recover compensation will be severely limited.

However, there are several instances when the deadline to file a claim may be extended. For example, the deadline may be extended for any period where the injured person could not reasonably discover that they had been injured. This might apply in the context of failure to diagnose if the patient only realizes that a doctor misdiagnosed them years after the initial diagnosis. In any event, the best practice is for an injured person to seek help from a Philadelphia failure to diagnose attorney as soon as possible so that they can analyze and understand what deadlines may apply and what options are available to the injured person.

When a Doctor Failed To Diagnose a Medical Condition, Seek Help From a Philadelphia Attorney

Diagnosing health problems quickly and accurately is critical to receiving the appropriate care. Any delay can worsen the condition or lead to further issues that could have been avoided.

When you have experienced negative health consequences because of your doctor’s careless, reckless, or negligent diagnosis, you deserve compensation for your losses. Schedule an initial consultation with a Philadelphia failure to diagnose lawyer at Lowenthal & Abrams today to learn about your legal options.


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