A timely an accurate diagnosis is critical for getting a patient on the correct treatment regimen. Any delay or overall failure to diagnose a patient accurately can result in more than just serious injuries -- it can also result in death. A jury recently awarded a family outside of Pennsylvania compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one who failed to receive an accurate diagnosis.
In 2009, a 67-year-old man sought medical attention after he began to experience some shortness of breath. The attending doctor ordered an echocardiogram of the man's heart and noted a troubling sign -- one of the patient's heart valves was narrowing. His physician then sent him to a cardiologist for a follow up.