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Misdiagnosis And Delayed Diagnosis

Would a patient's death from cancer have been avoided if the diagnosis had been made sooner? Would an earlier diagnosis have made a difference in terms of the patient's chance for a better outcome, or avoided the need for surgery, chemotherapy or amputation? Has there been a loss of chance of survival?

Under Connecticut medical malpractice law, damages are available for the death or serious injury of a patient attributable to negligent mistakes in diagnosis — whether a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or complete failure to diagnose. Additionally, the loss of a chance for survival, loss of a chance for a better outcome or a less severe treatment due to a diagnosis error is recognized as a legally compensable injury.

At Wocl Leydon, our attorneys serve those who have been hurt due to a doctor's misdiagnosis throughout the Stamford and Bridgeport areas. For answers to your questions, consult with our team online or call us directly at 203-333-3339.

Full Analysis of Your Misdiagnosis Claims

In most situations, collaboration between our lawyers and qualified medical experts is necessary to analyze and evaluate the diagnostic decisions and omissions on the part of one or more doctors at any of the key stages of the patient's case. These practitioners can include primary care physicians, oncologists, emergency room doctors, radiologists, gynecologists, pathologists, surgeons and other specialists — often several in the same litigation.

In some cases, our analysis will also cover the performance of other health care professionals, as in cases where a doctor and a nurse or nurse's aide will blame one another for medical negligence based on inadequate monitoring, miscommunication or incomplete review of medical records.

At Wocl Leydon, our extensive experience with failure to diagnose claims and our record of success in resolving them have helped make us a frequent choice for referrals from attorneys familiar with the success we have achieved in previous cases.

Accurate Diagnosis Can Make The Difference In Cancer Treatment

In cancer cases especially, patient outcomes are highly dependent on a doctor's ability to make a timely and accurate diagnosis of a dangerous medical condition. Effective treatment options are typically reduced or eliminated when failure to diagnose or delay in diagnosis is found for any of the following malignancies:

  • Breast cancer: We can help when your doctor should have discovered a lump sooner.
  • Cervical cancer: Our lawyers know how to thoroughly investigate all diagnosis mistakes for cervical cancer.
  • Ovarian and endometrial cancers: You can rely on our attorneys for answers when a doctor is negligent in your ovarian cancer diagnosis.
  • Colorectal cancer: We will uncover all parties at fault for the errors in the diagnosis of your colorectal cancer.
  • Prostate cancer: Catching prostate cancer earlier can significantly increase your chances of a positive outcome.
  • Childhood cancers: If your children have been improperly diagnosed, we can assist you.
  • Brain cancer: Cancer of the brain must be caught early. We know what steps your doctor should have taken.
  • Lung cancer and mesothelioma: Your doctor should have taken into account smoking habits, work environments and other external circumstances in his or her diagnosis.
  • Skin cancer, especially melanoma: Did your doctor misdiagnose spotty or splotchy skin? We can assist with your recovery.
  • Other cancers

The accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis also plays a major role in determining medical malpractice liability for deaths or severe injuries resulting from brain aneurysms or stroke, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms and other serious medical conditions.

Talk To One Of Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Wocl Leydon, is an AV Preeminent* law firm under the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process. To learn how our experienced medical malpractice lawyers can help you determine whether diagnosis errors played a significant causal role in a catastrophic medical outcome in your family, contact us in Stamford or Bridgeport for a free consultation.

We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.