The last thing a person wants to find out when they go to the doctor is that they have a serious illness or condition. However, a much worse situation is when a patient discovers that they have had a condition that has gotten worse because their doctor failed to diagnose it in time. Being told that you have had a disease or illness that is now harder to treat because it wasn’t caught sooner is difficult, but becomes even more unbearable when you find out it was the doctor’s fault. Incidents like this can happen at big hospitals or at a doctor’s private practice. But in either case, medical errors can threaten the health and lives of patients.
An undiagnosed condition can result in undeserved suffering for a patient, but Nebraska law does allow victims of medical negligence to file a claim against the at-fault healthcare professional for malpractice. But this does not mean that every person whose condition goes undiagnosed has the right to sue. The Trial Lawyers and Physicians at Cullan & Cullan LLC, can investigate your situation and tell you if you have a valid claim. For a free consultation, call our Omaha medical malpractice lawyers at (402) 882-7080.
When Negligence is to Blame
If a physician’s failure to diagnose a condition is the result of negligence, then the patient has the right to hold that physician responsible. Examples of situations where a doctor’s failure to diagnose was the result of negligence include:
- Not performing the standard diagnostic tests;
- Misreading the results of diagnostic tests;
- Failing to consider all possible conditions;
- Failing to consider patient medical history;
- Improperly conducting tests; and
- Failing to inform the patient of diagnosis.
Failure to Diagnose Cancer in Nebraska
While the above may result in the failure to diagnose any condition, one of the most serious diseases that often go undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed, is cancer. Unfortunately, a doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer can have disastrous consequences. The longer the disease goes undetected, the harder it will be to find an effective treatment to combat or manage cancer.
(image of cancer growth when undiagnosed)
Legal Representation with Medical Knowledge
Knowing when you’ve been the victim of medical negligence is difficult and the law surrounding such claims can be complicated. This is why having an attorney on your side who is familiar with both medicine and the law can be very helpful.
At Cullan & Cullan LLC, brothers Patrick and Joseph Cullan are not only successful trial lawyers, but also have medical degrees and backgrounds in studying medicine. As experienced failure to diagnose lawyers in Omaha, they have a well-rounded approach to cases involving medical malpractice.
At Cullan & Cullan LLC, we investigate each and every potential case to figure out whether medical negligence or malpractice was the cause of your failed diagnosis. If it was, then we can help you pursue legal action if that is your decision. To speak to one of our attorneys about your particular situation, call us for a free consultation today at (402) 882-7080.