Unfortunately, many cases of failure to diagnose aren't discovered until the condition has reached critical status. A patient rarely knows they are the victim of the failure to diagnose a condition until they are seen by another doctor or they end up in the ER. To prove your doctor failed to diagnose your condition, you will need the diagnosis and testimony of another doctor.
Failure to diagnose a medical condition can result in significant further injury or even death. This failure to diagnose can be especially harmful for immediately misdiagnosed medical issues such as heart attacks or strokes as well as serious medical conditions such as cancer, which will typically worsen or spread without treatment.
When you visit a doctor and do not receive a diagnosis or are treated for the wrong condition, then your symptoms may continue or worsen, leading you to seek another doctor for a second opinion. This second opinion often leads to the real diagnosis, and usually the discovery that your original doctor may be guilty of medical malpractice for failure to diagnose.
You may then be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim against the original doctor with the help of a medical malpractice attorney. Your attorney can assist you in filing the medical malpractice claim, and also help develop the evidence and obtain expert witness testimony to help prove your claim. Expert testimony is critical in cases of medical malpractice as you need to prove that your original doctor was negligent in your diagnosis.
Contacting a Fairfax Medical Malpractice Attorney
You don't have to deal with insurance companies and hospitals alone when you're looking to file a Virginia medical malpractice case. Fairfax medical malpractice attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their medical malpractice claims.
For more information about Medical Malpractice Cases, you can download a FREE copy of my book, Why Most Medical Malpractice Victims Never Recover a Dime, from my website. You can also contact BenGlassLaw at (703) 584-7277 or by filling out at contact form at JustAskBenGlass.com.