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Medical Malpractice—the Failure to Diagnose

Our Tennessee medical malpractice lawyers can help

Patients today experience many forms of medical malpractice. One of the most prevalent, and deadly, is failure to diagnose. According to the American Medical Association, this type of malpractice counts for approximately forty percent of all claims filed against healthcare professionals.

Examples of failure to diagnose

A few examples of a failure to diagnose include the following:

  • An incorrect diagnosis
  • Lack of appropriate diagnostic testing
  • Ignoring obvious symptoms of an ailment
  • The diagnosis is for the right illness or condition, but is in the wrong stage (such as cancer being diagnosed as a Stage One, or the beginning stage, when it is actually a Stage Four, the final stage)

Potential outcomes

Your Tennessee medical malpractice lawyers know that the potential outcomes of failure to diagnose can be severe. They include the following:

  • Delays or abstention in seeking further treatment
  • Unnecessary or detrimental treatments
  • Further progression of your illness or condition
  • Failure to monitor for risk of a worsening condition
  • Financial hardship
  • Pain and suffering
  • Death

Time limitations

The statute of limitations in Tennessee to file a medical malpractice lawsuit is one year. This statute applies to the majority of cases, although there are exceptions. It is in your best interest to discuss your case with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk losing the compensation and justice that you deserve.

The role of your Tennessee medical malpractice lawyers

If you are the victim of failure to diagnose, you deserve compensation. Medical malpractice lawyers can help you obtain damages for medical costs and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. You may even be eligible for compensation for wrongful death if the victim was a family member. We can help you negotiate with the defendant and his or her insurance company. If that is not effective, we do not hesitate to take your case to court and advocate strongly on your behalf.

Contact our Tennessee medical malpractice lawyers today

The Tennessee medical malpractice lawyers at Gilreath & Associates want to help resolve your legal issues. You can count on our caring, experience and skill to pursue a positive outcome for your case. Call us, toll-free, at 800.637.7024, or contact us using our quick form.

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