Diagnosis Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving Clients Near Dallas, Ft. Worth, Plano, Arlington, Irving, North Texas & Arkansas

Diagnosis:  The First  Duty

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 Knowing what is wrong with a patient determines if and how quickly a patient can be treated.  And medical malpractice that delays diagnosis kills.

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 diagnosis 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 Tragedy of Lost Chances

Some of the saddest cases our misdiagnosis and diagnosis delay lawyers have handled involve these lost chances.

Sick, middle aged woman looking sadly at her doctor who is check

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.

Why Work With Our Team

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 misdiagnosis 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 medical 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.  You won’t find anyone more qualified to help your family:  see https://www.polewskilaw.com/about-us/

Please contact us today–Fill out our contact form and tell us what happened.  We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.  Or give us a call.

The consultation is free, and you don’t pay a penny unless we get a recovery for you


Why You Must Act Now

And your misdiagnosis 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.

Two female women medical doctors looking at x rays in a hospital

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.

Contact Us Right Now.

Every day you wait to take action may be the day it becomes too late.

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, contact our team right away.   There are deadlines to file your case, and time may be running out.

There is no reason to wait:  the call and the consultation are free, and our team will do all the work in your case.

Read more to learn how Polewski & Associates can help with your case:

Misdiagnosis Malpractice: Why Does it Happen?

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.

We’ve represented families who lost a father or a daughter because their doctor ordered tests–but then didn’t check the results.  We’ve seen people lose their limbs because hospital labs didn’t report a test result, or because a radiologist didn’t notice a cancer.  And all of these cases–all of them–were because doctors and nurses were “too busy” to do their jobs.

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 to some business manager or accountant.


Failure to Diagnose Infection

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.

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.  When you stand up and demand that your local hospital or doctor pay attention, you are often literally saving a neighbor’s life.

Failure to Diagnose Meningitis

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.

Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Many cancers that used to kill every person who got them 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. 

John Polewski, the lead trial lawyer who will be handling your case, recently survived a cancer that would have killed him ten years ago.   Because his doctors and nurses were excellent, and because they paid close attention.  At another hospital, with other health care providers, the result would have been very different.

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.

Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack

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.

Medical monitor showing vital health information. 3D illustration

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.


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