Litigating A Lost Opportunity
What Could Have Been
Most of us can’t diagnose ourselves with a disease. That’s why we seek medical attention — to diagnose and treat illness when something goes wrong. When the medical establishment fails to diagnose a condition that could have been treated, illness can progress to the point where it becomes difficult or impossible to treat. If that has happened to you or a loved one, the shock of a poor prognosis is only compounded by the thought that it didn’t have to be this way. You may be able to file charges for medical malpractice. To talk to a Montana lawyer about what happened, call Edmiston & Colton Law Firm at (406) 213-7770.
When Detection Fails
A failure to diagnose certain serious conditions can result in catastrophic consequences for the patient and his or her family. Some of these include:
- Heart attack : When the symptoms of a heart attack are dismissed as indigestion, anxiety, a muscular problem or something else, the resulting damage to the heart can progress and become irreversible.
- Stroke : If you or a loved one was diagnosed with dizziness or a headache, and later went on to develop a stroke, the initial symptoms were likely also due to a stroke. The resulting serious disability or even death might have been prevented had medical professionals made the correct diagnosis the first time.
- Cancer : Many cancers, including colon and breast cancer, are highly treatable when caught at an early stage. If allowed to progress, however, the cancer will eventually reach an advanced stage where it may be difficult or even impossible to treat.
- Premature labor : If premature labor is mistaken for false labor or another cause, the delay in treatment can cause severe harm or death to the unborn child if the mother gives birth prematurely.
Hold The Medical Professionals Accountable. Call Today
Negligence in a medical setting can translate to lifelong consequences and tragedy for the affected individuals and families. If a medical professional missed a diagnosis for you or a loved one, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Schedule your free initial consultation with an attorney at our Billings office today by calling (406) 213-7770 or by getting in touch online.