Failure to Diagnose Attorney in Los Angeles
When a patient visits any type of doctor or health care provider, that doctor or health care provider will generate what is called a “differential diagnosis.” A differential diagnosis is a list of possible medical conditions or diagnoses that are consistent with a patient’s symptoms, ranked from most to least probable. The differential diagnosis allows a doctor or health care provider to use a process of elimination based on a patient’s symptoms, history, and the doctor’s medical knowledge to shrink the probability of a patient having a particular condition when many alternatives are possible.
In almost all cases, a well-trained doctor will come to the correct determination of the cause of a patient’s symptoms, and that patient will be treated for the correct disease with a combination of medication, surgery, or monitoring. In some cases, however, a doctor or health care provider does something to misdiagnose a patient, attributing that patient’s symptoms to a disorder that the patient doesn’t have.
What Happens When a Doctor Misses a Diagnosis?
Having a wrong diagnosis can have devastating effects on a patient both from a psychological perspective as well as a physical perspective. More specifically, when a patient is given a misdiagnosis or a late diagnosis, that patient may receive unnecessary medications, testing, evaluation, surgery, or otherwise, all of which may have deleterious effects on that patient’s body. It also delays the diagnosis of the correct medical condition, which may exacerbate the patient’s condition, leading to further symptoms, increased risks, and piled up medical bills. Ultimately, when a patient receives incorrect medical care, he or she can suffer a more serious illness, injury, or in some cases even death.
Contact a Malpractice Attorney for Help with Your Failure to Diagnose Case
Dr. Kramer is not only a licensed lawyer in California, but he is also a licensed medical doctor, so he can evaluate medical injuries caused by a misdiagnosis and/or failure to diagnose in a way that few lawyers can.
If you recently have been told that you were previously diagnosed with a condition that you don’t have, or if you have been told that you have a diagnosis that was not previously diagnosed and should have been diagnosed, give The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. a call at 310-289-2600 so we can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries.