The failure to diagnose an illness or the misdiagnosis of an illness is, unfortunately, an ever-prevalent problem throughout the United States and results in dozens of wrongful deaths and serious injuries each year from illnesses that could have been quickly stopped early on. If you or a loved one were the victims of a Virginia medical professional who failed to diagnose your illness, you may wish to seek the legal counsel of a skilled Richmond failure to diagnose a lawyer. He or she will be able to help you bring a claim for damages against the appropriate medical professional.
Failure to Diagnose and Medical Malpractice
The failure of a doctor to diagnose a medical condition, injury, or illness, unfortunately, falls within the general rubric of medical malpractice. The failure to diagnose a medical condition could have far-reaching consequences on the victim. Many forms of cancer are easily treatable when detected early. The failure to timely diagnose could result in years of treatments, as well as ongoing medical expenses to treat the disease, which might not have been necessary had the disease been spotted early on.
The key to a failure to diagnose claim is to prove that the doctor acted negligently – that is, a doctor of similar experience and knowledge would not have acted in the same manner. This breach of the duty of care will result in liability for any harm that was caused by the failure to diagnose. If a doctor of similar standing would have been able to detect the disease from the onset, then the doctor could be held liable for the failure to diagnose. Doctors and medical professionals are held to a heightened duty of care to their patients, and the breach of this duty could result in their liability.
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Medical Malpractice Claims
Virginia, unfortunately, caps the amount you may receive from a medical malpractice claim at $2 million. This means that even if the resulting injuries after a failure to diagnose claim are tremendous, including medical bills, rehabilitation, and the loss of income, a victim may only receive a maximum of $2 million. It is, therefore, important to work to put together your claim as early as possible and to be as complete as possible. The failure to diagnose an illness can have long-lasting repercussions on your health and your finances, all of which should be taken into account when preparing a claim.
A Richmond medical malpractice lawyer at Pendleton Law can assist you in preparing a claim for damages and will ensure that you appropriately value the resulting damages. A claim may also be brought after the death of a loved one when a doctor failed to diagnose an illness in a timely manner that ultimately resulted in the death of a loved one. While this is an extremely devastating time in your life, it is important that the medical professional is held accountable for their actions in the misdiagnosis or in their failure to accurately diagnose the illness. Many illnesses can be easily treated early on in the beginning stages, but once the illness reaches a vital point, any chance of treatment is no longer sustainable.
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Consult a Failure to Diagnose Lawyer in Richmond, VA
If you or a loved one have been injured after the failure of a doctor to diagnose your appropriate illness, do not hesitate to contact the Richmond personal injury attorneys at the Richmond, VA law firm of Pendleton Law. Misdiagnosis and the failure to accurately diagnose an illness can have a dramatic impact on your future health and your ability to begin treatment. Many diseases must be treated as early as possible to eradicate the symptoms and send you on the course for recovery. The failure to accurately diagnose costs patients months and even years of potential treatment which could have worked to possibly cure them of the illness. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with a Richmond failure to diagnose attorney.
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