Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose

A patient visits his doctor complaining of headaches. The doctor tells him to work on reducing the stress in his life. A month later, the patient is hospitalized after suffering a seizure. An MRI reveals a fast-growing brain tumor that is now inoperable. Because of the doctor's misdiagnosis, little can be done to save the patient.

Limiting Your Options

A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition robs a patient of the ability to address a medical condition in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. Doctors frequently fail to order the correct diagnostic test, misread or fail to read the test results. These errors can be particularly devastating in fast-progressing diseases, such as cancer. A misdiagnosis of any type, however, can lead to medication errors that can also cause harm.

Have you or a family member received a misdiagnosis that limited your treatment options? Contact an attorney at Savinis & Kane to discuss your case. Our law firm has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for patients who suffered serious injury or wrongful death because of a misdiagnosis.

Failure to Diagnose

Failing to diagnose a medical condition can be just as harmful as misdiagnosing one.

In one particularly tragic case, a doctor error resulted in a child needlessly suffering permanent paralysis from a spinal cord compression. Timely treatment after such an injury can result in a full recovery. But the doctor missed the window of opportunity, and our young client was paralyzed for life.

If you are the victim of a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or any other type of doctor or hospital malpractice, please contact an attorney at Savinis & Kane today. We know how to help.

From our offices in Pittsburgh, we represent clients throughout Western Pennsylvania and across the nation.