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Failure To Diagnose


When doctors don’t see what’s wrong, we can make things right

Maine Failure To Diagnose Lawyers

You can’t fix a problem if you don’t see the problem. In the practice of medicine, a physician’s failure to make a timely and correct diagnosis of a patient’s medical condition can cost that patient the opportunity to treat that condition in a timely manner. Prompt intervention and treatment are often critical to the successful resolution of most diseases and other medical conditions, and a doctor’s failure to make a timely diagnosis can allow a disease to progress to a point where the outcome is irrevocably compromised.

Unfortunately, incorrect and missed diagnoses happen all too frequently every year, causing countless patients and their families to suffer every year. According to a 2014 study, an estimated 12 million American adults are misdiagnosed each year; the equivalent of one out of every 20 patients. In approximately half of those cases, the incorrect or missed diagnosis resulted in harm to the patient.

Maine’s best trial lawyers can get you the answers, care, and compensation you deserve

When doctors, radiologists, oncologists, or other healthcare professionals fail to follow the proper standard of care when diagnosing a patient and the patient suffers harm as a result, their negligence can be the basis for a medical malpractice claim for compensation. In fact, one study concluded that missed or incorrect diagnoses are the most common basis for medical malpractice claims.

It can be difficult to know whether your healthcare provider should have diagnosed and initiated treatment for your condition earlier, whether they breached their duty of care, and whether that breach contributed to your suffering. The lawyers at Berman & Simmons, widely respected as the best medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys in Maine, can get you the answers to those questions, and will work tirelessly to obtain the full compensation you deserve for losses caused by a failure to diagnose.

Our record of success in medical malpractice cases is second to none. With attorneys who combine their legal talent with extensive medical knowledge and resources that give us access to the world’s leading and most highly credentialed medical experts, Berman & Simmons has received over $1 billion for our clients, including several of the largest medical malpractice jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained in Maine.

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We can identify and prove the malpractice that led to the negligent failure to diagnose your condition

No matter the underlying reason your doctors negligently failed to diagnose and treat your condition, we can expose the mistake and prove to a judge or jury that it was the reason for your harms and losses.

Some of the most common errors that lead to a failure to diagnose include:

  • Failure to order appropriate diagnostic tests;
  • Mistakes by physicians interpreting test results;
  • Inadequate physical examinations;
  • Disregarding patient complaints;
  • Delay in making a necessary referral to a specialist;
  • Failure to perform indicated tests and screenings; and
  • Failure to provide appropriate follow-up care.

Lawyers dedicated to making your life better

The reality is that medical malpractice affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. But abstract statistics mean little when you are trying to deal with the immediate challenges you are facing. At Berman & Simmons, we want to relieve some of these burdens so you can devote your time and energy to recovering. When you speak with us at your free initial consultation, we will carefully and patiently listen to your story as part of our comprehensive effort to understand what happened. We will then bring our extensive experience and unmatched resources to bear on your behalf, developing solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until we resolve your case.

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Maine has strict statutes of limitations for filing medical malpractice complaints, so it’s critical to consult with us as soon as possible if you think you or a loved one may be a victim of a missed or incorrect diagnosis. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless we obtain compensation for you by settlement or jury verdict, so there is no reason not to call.

Please contact Berman & Simmons today at 866-664-2403. Our Maine medical malpractice attorneys are ready to help you through this difficult time so you can recover and rebuild your life.

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