Early detection and treatment of certain progressive diseases can make the difference in recovery. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to visit the doctor for annual checkups, and it is recommended that certain patients, especially those in high-risk groups, schedule preventative screenings for diseases such as colon cancer, which exhibits few outward symptoms in its initial stages. But what happens when a patient with such a progressive illness is given a clean bill of health, even after undergoing tests and examinations which should have discovered the problem—or when a doctor decides such testing isn’t warranted?
At the law office of MacGillis Weimar LLC, our knowledgeable Milwaukee medical malpractice attorneys have more than twenty years of combined experience confronting doctors, HMOs and other health care providers that, for a variety of reasons, have failed to diagnose serious, often deadly illnesses, causing irreparable patient harm or death.
While some diseases are inherently more difficult to accurately diagnose than others, and while certain symptoms or health issues can indicate a wide variety of medical problems, there exists a network of medical professionals within the state of Wisconsin which, in theory, should provide more than adequate resources to any doctor stumped by the complaints of a particular patient. Yet many complaints of failure to diagnose, as well as claims of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, tend to arise from far more fundamental treatment errors by health care professionals, such as:
Failure to diagnose can even be willful on the part of a doctor, such as when a doctor fails to disclose an injury sustained by a patient during surgery, in an effort to delay or avoid a malpractice claim resulting from that injury.
Besides an obvious issue such as pain and suffering caused by ongoing and untreated symptoms, new problems can develop in undiagnosed patients, such as:
In the absence of a diagnosis from a doctor, other medical personnel are unlikely to acknowledge any independent speculation about a patient’s condition. Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) are particularly likely to blame the patient for any failure to diagnose, claiming that it is the obligation of the patient to provide relevant information to his or her doctor in order to make a proper diagnosis.
Given the types of defense tactics on the part of doctors and HMOs, as well as the complexity of mounting a medical malpractice case in the state of Wisconsin, it is important to seek out our aggressive, dedicated Milwaukee medical malpractice attorneys as quickly as possible after getting a proper diagnosis. At the law offices of MacGillis Wiemer LLC, our team of experienced Wisconsin mapractice attorneys take on negligent health care providers and battle for your rights. For a free initial consultation, we urge you to contact us online or call now at (414) 727-5150. Our offices are on West Bluemound Road, convenient to I-94 at exit 304 in Wauwatosa.