Connecticut Misdiagnosis Attorney
Misdiagnosis, Delayed Diagnosis & Failure to Diagnose Claims
Misdiagnosis, which is a term often used to describe all types of diagnosis
mistakes, is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice in the
United States. According to some studies, as many as 12 million Americans
are victims of diagnostic errors every year, with an estimated 40,000
to 80,000 of those individuals ultimately dying as a result of complications
related to misdiagnosis. Even more alarming, women and people of color
are at a much higher risk of being medically misdiagnosed.
It can be difficult to tell when a diagnostic error was a simple mistake
or the result of medical negligence. In fact, doctors and other healthcare
providers are required to conduct necessary diagnostic tests, correctly
analyze results, and provide proper treatment based on those results—all
in a timely manner. If you believe you or someone you love was the victim
of a diagnostic error, reach out to RisCassi & Davis, P.C. to learn
how our Connecticut misdiagnosis lawyers can help.
Contact us online or call
(860) 245-2412 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Examples of Diagnostic Errors
As in all
medical malpractice cases, to prove a claim involving misdiagnosis, it is not enough to simply show
that you experienced a negative outcome or did not receive an immediate
diagnosis. Instead, you have to prove that the doctor who treated you
failed to uphold the standard of acceptable care.
Examples of this might include:
- Ignoring your symptoms or dismissing them as something non-serious
- Sending you home (premature discharge) without diagnosing your symptoms
- Failing to order or conduct proper diagnostic tests (x-rays, CT scans,
- Improperly analyzing or interpreting the results of diagnostic tests
- Diagnosing you with the wrong illness, injury, or condition
- Failing to take into account your past medical history when analyzing symptoms
- Failing to order timely diagnostic tests, resulting in a delayed diagnosis
These and other diagnostic mistakes may be considered negligence, meaning
you could have the right to bring a claim against the doctor or medical
professional. In some cases, you may also be able to bring a lawsuit against a
hospital or even an
emergency room depending on the specifics of your situation and whether or not the facility
is legally liable for the doctor’s conduct.
Misdiagnosis of Cancer
While any misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can be serious, one of the
most dangerous situations arises when a medical professional fails to
diagnose cancer properly or in a timely manner. This occurs when a primary
care physician, oncologist, or any other medical doctor or specialist
fails to properly identify the signs and symptoms of cancer, fails to
order or conduct necessary screenings and tests, and, therefore, the patient
does not receive timely cancer treatment.
Because early detection and treatment is so critical in nearly all types
of cancer, a doctor’s failure to identify and diagnose clear and
visible cancer symptoms can have devastating consequences. The disease
may progress past the critical timeframe in which treatment is most effective,
resulting in further injuries and illness and, in many cases, the death
of the patient.
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we represent victims of all types of cancer
misdiagnoses, including but not limited to:
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Skin cancer (melanoma)
- Colon cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Kidney cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Endometrial cancer
This is not an exhaustive list. If you or someone you love developed any
of these or another type of cancer but did not receive a proper, timely
diagnosis and treatment, you could have grounds for a case.
Contact RisCassi & Davis, P.C. to learn more during a free consultation.
The Consequences of Misdiagnosis
When patients are exhibiting signs of a serious condition, such as cancer or a
heart attack, it is critical that they receive an immediate diagnosis and prompt medical
care. Even in cases involving less-serious conditions, such as pneumonia,
patients need a timely, accurate diagnosis to prevent the condition from
Some of the consequences of diagnostic errors include:
- Worsened conditions/illnesses
- Failure to receive proper treatment
- Delayed medical treatment
- Reduced quality of life
- Improper treatment (care for a condition the patient does not have)
For patients and their families, the physical, financial, and emotional
toll of diagnostic errors is immense. Continually seeking medical attention
for symptoms can lead to mounting medical bills, while the worsening of
one’s health can cause the patient to have to take time off work.
For loved ones, the process of watching a family member suffer and become
even more ill can be traumatic.
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we understand the overwhelming impact misdiagnoses
and improper medical care has on victims and their loved ones. Our Connecticut
misdiagnosis attorneys are prepared to fight for the justice you and your
family deserve. While no amount of financial compensation can undo the
suffering you have been through, it can help you face the challenges ahead.
Put a Powerful Legal Team on Your Side
Since 1955, our firm has been effectively advocating for victims of medical
and general negligence throughout Connecticut.
Our attorneys are highly respected by their clients and peers alike and have earned
numerous awards for their achievements and ethics. Seven of our attorneys
are Board Certified as Civil Trial Law Advocates by the National Board
of Trial Advocacy, earning them the distinctive honor of being labeled
as experts in their field of law.
When it comes to medical malpractice cases, RisCassi & Davis, P.C.
has what it takes to aggressively advocate for you and your recovery.
We have secured some of the largest settlements and verdicts in Connecticut
history, including numerous seven-figure results for our clients. We can
travel to meet you anywhere in the state, and there are no fees unless
we win your case.
(860) 245-2412 or submit an
online case evaluation form today.