Failure to Diagnose

There have been astonishing advances in medicine to treat diseases and conditions that have previously been uncurable. Atlanta is a major medical and biotech hub, meaning many of these treatments are available near home.

It can, therefore, be devastating to learn that such a treatment is not a possibility or is unlikely to work as well because your condition was not discovered in time. Most medical conditions and diseases become more difficult to treat and worse for a person’s health over time. In many cases, a doctor performing due diligence would have noticed symptoms earlier and recommended a course of action.

Atlanta Failure to Diagnose Lawyer

If you have suffered from a medical condition that is worse than it should have been because your doctor missed key signs that should have tipped him or her off, an Atlanta failure to diagnose lawyer can assist you in recovering for your losses. The Balams Firm represents patients seeking justice for these failures. While your doctor may have failed to do proper due diligence, ReShea Balams will always be thorough.

Call (404) 445-2005 today to schedule a free consultation. ReShea Balams represents medical malpractice clients throughout Atlanta area, including Lawrenceville, Milton, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, Norcross, Duluth, College Park, Roswell, Forest Park, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Smyrna and Decatur.

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Frequently Undiagnosed Conditions

Generally, the way a doctor is able to spot a problem is by looking at symptoms. Based on these symptoms, the doctor may recommend tests or other course of action to determine the best next steps.

Some symptoms may indicate multiple conditions. Doctors should be aware of this. However, some doctors observe a symptom and make the assumption it is a certain condition when it is, in fact, something worse.

Serious conditions that often go undiagnosed include:

  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Meningitis
  • Appendicitis

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Worsening Damages Due to Failed Diagnosis

When a condition goes undiagnosed, it does not merely remain harmlessly in the body. It becomes worse. Cancer is a clear example of this: When cancer is not quickly recognized, the malignant cells spread throughout the body. Cancer is much more likely to be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early.

Heart attacks and strokes, when undiagnosed, can cause tissue damage that results in other, long-term conditions.

Many conditions will worsen and success if less likely in treatment.

Misdiagnosis can also cause severe damage, especially when the doctor prescribes drugs to treat a condition that does not exist. Prescription drugs can have a strong deleterious effect on a person’s body. When they do not treat a condition, the person has merely become weaker as a result of these drugs.

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Standard of Doctors to Carefully Review and Recommend Tests

Doctors must meet the standards of their profession. They must carefully review every symptom, consider reasonably foreseeable conditions, and discuss them with you. Your doctor must also review potential tests to see if you wish to try any of them.

It is not, for example, acceptable to say that a patient experiencing chest pains merely has indigestion. The doctor should recognize potential signs of a heart attack and recommend an ECG, heart monitor, blood test or other means of determining heart attack.  The failure to do so may be considered malpractice.

Doctors must also carefully read and review every piece of evidence that comes in front of them. It is very easy to miss a clear sign of a serious condition in an X-ray.

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Finding the Best Failure to Diagnose Attorney in Atlanta

If you have suffered a worse condition because of the failure of a medical professional to diagnose a condition, you can seek recovery for your losses. A dedicated Atlanta failure to diagnose lawyer can help you. ReShea Balams represents patients whose doctors failed to be sufficiently vigilant.

Contact The Balams Firm at (404) 445-2005 to schedule a free consultation. ReShea Balams represents clients in Gwinnett, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Clayton Counties.


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