Failure to Diagnose and Misdiagnosis – Florida
A failed, incorrect or untimely diagnosis can have devastating consequences. At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., our medical malpractice lawyer Stephen G. Charpentier has handled cases involving failure to timely diagnose both cancer of the colon and cancer of the lung. If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact our lawyers in Melbourne, Cocoa, and Titusville today to have your claim reviewed.View transcript
One of the subsets of medical malpractice is the subcategory so to speak is that of misdiagnosis and failure to diagnosis, and it means just what it says. When you get into a situation where the disease process such as cancer is not timely diagnosed, the treatment process becomes compromised. For instance if somebody presents to a physician in a situation where a reasonable doctor using reasonable skills would have diagnosed cancer at stage 1, the treatment options are many. The success rate medically is high. There are many options. When that same person is not appropriately evaluated and diagnosed, what you have is a person with less option, and if they are stage 4, sometimes those options are critical. Here at Childress & Charpentier, I have actually handled cases involving failure to timely diagnose both cancer of the colon and cancer of the lung. In both of those cases, young woman that in my belief could have been saved, died, and that had a tremendous effect on their family. In both of those cases, we had to prove that the original physician did or did not make the appropriate referral timely and that the subsequent doctors with specialty areas in diagnosing and treating cancer did not take the appropriate action in a timely way.