Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC
Schedule Your Free Consultation
614-360-2706 866-856-0433
614-360-2706866-856-0433
Personal Injury Lawyers That Deliver Results

Why a delayed diagnosis can be complicated in malpractice suits

A delayed diagnosis is one of the more common reasons for a medical malpractice suit, because it can mean that the results of the ailment are more detrimental to the person's health than they should have been. For example, if a cancer diagnosis had been made on time, the cancer may have been treated and beaten at only one location, but a failure to diagnose the cancer at the proper time could cause it to spread. This could lead to far longer treatments, it could mean the cancer can't be overcome, and it could even mean that a survivable condition could turn terminal.

While all of this does seem fairly straightforward, it's important to remember that this can be hard to prove. One of the issues can be with establishing exactly when the cancer began to spread.

When cancer moves between organs, it's called metastasis. For those with the disease, the argument could be that metastasis happened after the initial checkup. They could claim the doctor missed the cancer originally and allowed metastasis to become an issue.

However, a doctor may then claim that micrometastasis had already happened. This is when cancer spreads at the cellular level. Some experts note that this can happen a decade before a tumor would ever show up. The doctor will then claim that there was no way to stop the spread of the disease, even if the diagnosis had been made at the proper time.

Since this is a complicated process, it's crucial to understand what type of evidence you may need, what legal options you have, and how the testimony of medical experts can help your case in Ohio.

Source: FIndLaw, "Failed/Erroneous Diagnosis and Treatment," accessed Oct. 04, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email us for a response

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

See Our Results

  • $6,700,000 for closed head brain injury of car passenger hit by a truck that failed to stop at a stop sign.
  • $4,400,000 for failure of hospital to diagnose and treat patient with diabetic ketoacidosis in the emergency room.
  • $3,222,000 for truck driver who was filling his tank with gas and was crushed by another truck.
  • $3,200,000 for injuries to young man caused by a driver who ran a red light.
  • $2,300,000 for failure to properly monitor a patient following cardiac catheterization resulting in death.
See More Case Results
Building

Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC
500 South Front Street, Ste 200
Columbus, OH 43215

Toll Free: 866-856-0433
Phone: 614-360-2706
Fax: 614-224-4943
Columbus Law Office Map

Review Us
Back to top