Failure To Diagnose And Late Diagnosis

Patients whose illnesses or medical conditions are not diagnosed in a timely way face delayed treatment, incorrect treatment or no treatment at all. This can result in permanent injury, worsening illness or death. When this happens as a result of medical negligence, patients and the families of persons who died may be able to obtain compensation for their losses and expenses.

Richland County Attorneys Helping Clients With Late Diagnosis Claims

At the north central Ohio law firm of The Heck Law Offices, Ltd., our attorneys, Jeff Heck and Jeff Stiffler, have over 40 years of combined experience and help clients who have experienced medical negligence and its consequences when trying to obtain a diagnosis. Our law firm builds on this extensive experience, having handled medical malpractice cases on both the plaintiff and defense sides to construct strong arguments for our clients and their families. The firm also has the resources to consult extensively with medical experts and specialists to pinpoint the deviation from the standard of care.

"Patients place a great deal of trust in their medical providers, and they rely on doctors to arrive at a diagnosis when something is wrong. When a physician fails to make the correct diagnosis or makes no diagnosis at all, he or she has betrayed that trust." — Attorney Jeff Heck, "Mansfield's Injury Lawyer"

Examples Of Our Cases

Our law firm handles failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis cases involving:

  • Errors in interpreting diagnostic tests such as MRIs, X-rays, Pap tests, mammograms and others
  • Failure to diagnose cancer, including prostate cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer and other kinds of cancer
  • Failure to diagnose stroke, heart attack and other potentially fatal illnesses
  • Failure to order appropriate diagnostic tests
  • Failure to refer a patient to a medical specialist
  • Emergency room errors

These types of medical malpractice cases are fact-specific, requiring extensive investigation. Our firm obtains all medical records, interviews any witnesses and other medical professionals, conducts depositions and performs all other investigatory steps and inquiry that could reveal when and how the negligence occurred.

Caring For Our Clients

In some instances, we may be able to help clients locate new medical providers who can obtain the correct diagnosis and order the proper treatment. We are proud to be part of positive outcomes such as these. Similarly, we are privileged to help clients in instances where the failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis led to the death of a loved one. Our law firm undertakes wrongful death lawsuits to help grieving loved ones obtain the financial resources and justice they need to move forward after a challenging time in their lives due to someone else's negligence.

Contact A Mansfield Lawyer

We work on a contingent-fee basis in medical malpractice cases, so you don't pay us any attorneys' fees until we receive a settlement or award on your behalf. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact us or call 419-524-2700/866-640-7560. Our Mansfield office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and we make evening and weekend appointments as necessary. Attorneys Jeff Heck and Jeff Stiffler are also happy to make home and hospital visits as needed for those clients who are unable to come to us.