Issaquah Diagnosis Error Attorney
When a medical professional fails to provide a basic duty of care to their patients and an injury occurs, that healthcare professional may be liable for medical malpractice. In Washington, medical malpractice can take many forms that include diagnosis errors. If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed, or a healthcare specialist delayed or failed to diagnose your medical issue, you may have a claim for compensation in the Issaquah area. To learn more about your legal options, call or contact a knowledgeable and compassionate Issaquah diagnosis error attorney at Injury Law Group NW to schedule a free consultation of your claims today.
Types of Diagnosis Errors
There are many types of diagnosis errors that can lead to further injury of a patient. This kind of medical malpractice has the potential to cause significant harm and even death when a healthcare provider is negligent in their identification of medical issues. The most common types of diagnosis errors include the following:
Failure to Diagnose
One of the most basic types of diagnosis errors is a failure to diagnose. This error can occur when a healthcare professional fails to apply any skills or knowledge that are considered the standard of care in examining a patient to determine the medical issue. Most patients injured by a failure to diagnose are sent home with little to no medical treatment and must return at a later date to be properly diagnosed by another healthcare professional.
Another type of diagnosis error is misdiagnosis. This error occurs when a medical provider examines a patient and diagnoses an incorrect medical issue. Because many illnesses and injuries have overlapping symptoms, a careless healthcare professional can easily misdiagnose a patient and cause further harm. Not only could the treatment for the incorrect diagnosis cause a patient harm, but the actual underlying issue could also cause further injury.
The third type of diagnosis error is a delayed diagnosis. This type of error typically occurs with illnesses and injuries that begin with smaller symptoms and build in severity over time. If a medical professional only looks at the initial symptoms and fails to consider other important aspects of the patient’s health like their medical history or follow through with diagnostic tests these medical issues can have a delay in diagnosis. Many of these types of medical issues can cause significant injury in the interim to the patient between an initial medical appointment and eventual diagnosis of the issue. Common examples include heart disease, pneumonia, appendicitis, infections, pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, strokes, and certain types of cancers.
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Diagnosis errors are some of the most serious medical malpractice claims against healthcare professionals given the serious injury that can be inflicted upon their patients due to their negligence and indifference. If you or a loved one in the Issaquah area has been hurt by a diagnosis error the experienced Issaquah Diagnosis Error Attorneys at Injury Law Group NW are here to help. Call or contact our office today to schedule a free case consultation.