The Diagnosis Problem--When Doctors Don't Pay Attention
Advances in laboratory testing, radiological scans, microsurgery and medications routinely save people who even twenty years ago would surely have died.
But none of the tests, and none of the machinery, and none of the miracle drugs, will make any difference if doctors do not follow the simple diagnosis rules they are all taught in medical school. When these rules are broken, the patient might just as well be a patient in the 1920’s. Modern medicine can’t save anybody if doctors don’t follow the rules developed for patient safety. Laboratory tests and modern medical scans are worthless if they aren’t used.
Our team has handled cases involving medical malpractice in diagnosis for over 25 years. These cases include cases of Wrongful Death, brain damage, paralysis, amputations and other serious injuries.
The Main Cause of Misdiagnosis Malpractice: Doctors Who Don't Pay Attention
When you go to the doctor, the very first thing that happens is you fill out a form saying what's wrong with you. Then you go to an "exam room" where the doctor sees you--and the first thing the doctor does is to ask you what's wrong with you--why you are there. Doctors call this the patient's "history", and it is the most important part of the process of figuring out what is causing your problems and what can be done about it.
Nobody knows your body like you do, and no doctor can know what you are feeling--pain, disability, stiffness, nausea--without you telling them. Doctors are trained to use this "history" to select which tests and procedures to use to narrow down a diagnosis, and then to provide you treatment. Medicine has been following this basic procedure for hundreds of years, and still does--because the only way doctors can help a patient is if they know what is going on with the patient. And the only way for them to know is to listen.
Your doctor cannot order tests to see if you are having a heart attack if he doesn't listen to your complaints of chest pain. He won't know to suspect lung cancer if he is too busy to listen when you tell him about your breathing problems. And a doctor that has to see 25 children a day to make his quota may easily miss the signs of meningitis in a child if he doesn't spend more than five minutes with the child and her mother.
At Polewski & Associates, our team sees this basic rule of medicine broken too often. Medicine is too often performed as big business, with doctors spending five minutes with a patient and racing on to the next patient--often seeing 20 or even 30 patients in a single day. That's great for profits if you get to charge each patient $200 or more for those five minutes. It is terrible for the quality of care. Our clients have suffered terrible injuries, or have lost a family member, because doctors didn't take the time and effort to listen--and missed heart attacks, dissecting aneurysms, meningitis, cauda equina syndrome, and head injuries.
Putting profits over quality of care is never acceptable and is always medical malpractice. Your doctor owes his first loyalty and his attention to you, not his accountant or his bank book.
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If you suspect that medical malpractice is happening right now, don't wait another second: get a second opinion and protect yourself and your family. If your doctor isn't listening to you now, complain loudly--and get a different doctor.
If you believe you or someone you care about has been a victim of a delay in diagnosis, give our team a call at 972-230-6200. There are deadlines to file your case, and time may be running out.
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Read more to learn how Polewski & Associates can help with your case:
- Failure to Diagnose Infection
- Failure to Diagnose Meningitis
- Failure to Diagnose Cancer
- Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack
- The Tragedy of Lost Chances
- Why Work With Our Team
Diagnosis Delay Malpractice Lawyer
If you suspect that you or your family has been hurt by negligent failure to diagnose a disease or injury, you'll need an experienced and specialized medical malpractice lawyer to help you. Figuring out when and how a disease should have been diagnosed--and whether the delay made any difference, is often very complicated. If you choose a lawyer who doesn't understand the medicine and the law in these cases, you and your family have no chance of winning. None at all.
At Polewski & Associates, we have been handling diagnosis malpractice cases for over 25 years. In that time, we have seen almost every kind of case imaginable: see a summary of the cases we have handled here.
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Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from infections that they could have survived—if only the diagnosis and treatment had been made in time. Many of these deaths occur in hospitals, where the National Institutes of Health estimate that over 100,000 Americans die annually because of errors made by doctors and nurses.
Many other infections are missed in doctors' offices and at emergency care centers. Our attorneys have seen many of these cases, the most common types being a failure to diagnose:
- Bone infection
- Compartment syndrome
- Other serious infections
Regardless of where the infection is missed, there is no doubt that medical malpractice in delayed diagnosis of infection is a serious problem and that people are getting hurt and killed.
It is one thing to understand why these mistakes happen, but to allow sloppy medical care to continue is an entirely different story. Your lawsuit against negligent doctors or hospitals makes them do what they should have done in the first place: pay attention.
If you or a loved one has suffered bacterial (or spinal) meningitis and there was a delayed diagnosis, we may be able to help you obtain recovery for your loss. It's a tragic fact that sometimes doctors and hospitals fail to make the diagnosis of meningitis in time, or fail to treat it in time. When this happens, the results are terrible. Injuries may include brain damage, loss of hearing, amputations or death.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain. Meningitis is almost always caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the spinal fluid. The infection generally starts elsewhere, like the ears, sinuses or throat, and then spreads through the blood stream to the spinal fluid and the lining of the brain called the meninges. There are over 10,000 meningitis cases per year, and about two thirds are in children due to immature immune systems.
The bacterial form of meningitis is an extremely serious illness that requires immediate medical care. If not treated quickly, it can lead to death within hours or to permanent brain damage in about 30% of people.Delayed diagnosis and treatment of bacterial meningitis constitutes medical malpractice, and it is the most common form of meningitis malpractice claim.Bacterial meningitis is caused by any one of several bacteria, including Group B strep (in newborns), Hemophilus influenza type b (in babies), meningococcus (mostly in young adults) and pneumococcus (the most common for adults). Together, these four bacteria account for over 80% of bacterial meningitis cases in the United States.
Many cancers that used to kill every person who got it are now routinely cured. Doctors have medicines and treatment options at their command today that would have been science fiction only a few years ago.
At Polewski & Associates, we have seen too many medical malpractice cases where the failure to diagnose cancer made the difference between a certain cure with minor surgery and a long painful death after devastating chemical and radiation therapy. There is nothing sadder than to watch wonderful people die, knowing that if their doctors had been paying attention they would be living active and healthy lives.
And your cancer diagnosis medical malpractice case could save a life. The number one reason our clients come to us, without exception, is their determination to make sure that what happened to them won't happen to another family. When you sue a doctor or hospital for failing to pay attention and missing a cancer diagnosis, you can be sure they will learn their lesson. The next patient is going to get better and faster treatment.
Nothing can bring back a loved one who died because of misdiagnosis of cancer. But your failure to diagnose cancer lawsuit can be a powerful legacy.
Every doctor and nurse in America has been trained to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. Every hospital in America has laboratory tests and EKGs which can diagnose a heart attack. It should be impossible for a person to come to a hospital in this country with a heart attack and not get help.
Yet people die needlessly every year because doctors and nurses missed a heart attack that was happening right in front of them. Mr. Polewski has handled medical malpractice cases in which people were given medication for indigestion and were sent home where they died of a heart attack. Our team has seen cases where people having a heart attack in an emergency room were ignored for hours until they collapsed.
These cases aren't just tragic: they are inexcusable.
Some of the saddest cases our misdiagnosis and diagnosis delay lawyers have handled involve these lost chances.
A beautiful young mother dead of cervical cancer that her doctors and a laboratory should have seen, but didn't.
A strong, athletic young man loses his leg because his doctors didn't do a simple test which would have shown the compartment syndrome that almost killed him.
A young woman suffers painful and disabling surgery on both lungs because her obvious symptoms of pneumonia are ignored until she was almost dead.
A beloved grandmother dies because her heart attack is diagnosed as indigestion. A brother dies of sudden cardiac death literally seconds after doctors at a hospital declared him to be fine.
In none of those medical malpractice cases did the doctors who made the mistake admit it to the family. It was only after our misdiagnosis lawyers were hired, and we reviewed the records, that what happened became clear.
If you suspect that you or a family member have been the victim of medical malpractice, specifically a failure to diagnose a medication condition, there is only one way to know for sure—contact a competent and experienced medical malpractice lawyer. When you call us, you can be comfortable knowing that you are choosing a board certified trial specialist with over 25 years of experience handling a wide variety of medical malpractice cases. Throughout his career, Mr. Polewski has handled almost every kind of medical malpractice case imaginable, including numerous failure to diagnose malpractice cases.
Please call our experienced team today at 972-230-6200 to schedule your FREE initial consultation. Polewski and Associates proudly serves clients in the Dallas and Little Rock areas, as well as throughout Arkansas and Texas.