An Incorrect Diagnosis Can Have Tragic Consequences

by Monty Yolles on October 22, 2012

Faulty Diagnosis

Some medical problems are easy to diagnose, others less so.  But the fact of the matter is that a doctor with years of training in a particular field and all of the latest diagnostic equipment at his disposal should be able to properly diagnose and treat illnesses within his specialty.  Sadly, this is not always the case, and a missed diagnosis can have tragic consequences.

When a patient receives the wrong diagnosis for a serious medical condition, days, weeks, or months can pass by without proper treatment.  Sometimes, when the correct diagnosis is finally made, it is too late. 

Such was the case for a Louisiana woman whose leukemia was misdiagnosed by two doctors.  By the time the cancer was discovered, her treatment options were limited and ultimately unsuccessful, resulting in death.  Her family sued the doctors who botched the diagnosis, and their case is pending.

Another faulty diagnosis case is pending in Massachusetts.  In that case, a doctor missed the fact that a man was having a heart attack, and failed to treat him accordingly.  The preventable damage to his heart eventually led to his death some three months later.

No family should have to suffer the preventable death of a loved one, especially when death results from the negligence of trusted doctors and medical staff.  Pursuing justice for the wrongful death of a loved one may help a family find closure and help ensure that another family does not suffer the same tragedy. 

In Maryland, a surviving spouse, child, parent, sibling, or financial dependent may bring a lawsuit to recover money for the negligent or willful misconduct that caused the wrongful death of a loved one. A wrongful death action may arise from any type of accidental death, regardless of the cause. 

Often, monetary damages include not only the actual expenses related to the injury and death, but an amount meant to replace the income your loved one would have produced for the remainder of his natural life.  Additional monetary damage may be awarded for the loss of your loved one’s care, comfort, love, guidance, supervision, home assistance and general society, as well as for the survivor’s personal grief and suffering.

Deciding whether to pursue an action in court for the wrongful death of your loved one is a decision you should discuss with a qualified, compassionate attorney.  Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is experienced in helping clients navigate wrongful death cases in the Maryland legal system. Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to

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