Failure to Diagnose

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Help from Experienced South Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers When Doctors Misdiagnose or Fail to Diagnose


What can happen when a serious condition is undiagnosed or misdiagnosed

When you visit a doctor’s office with a specific complaint, the doctor’s attention is usually focused on that particular condition. But suppose, during an examination for a complaint of tonsillitis the doctor ignores a tumor growing in the back of your throat.  If the tumor enlarges or turns out to be malignant, you may have a claim of malpractice. The treatment of the patient as a whole person, and not simply as “a case,” is the hallmark of sound medical practice. When a practitioner unreasonably fails in this, and misses or misdiagnoses an otherwise obvious health problem, they breach their duty of care.

At McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, we put the full force of our firm to work for people who suffered harm because of a diagnostic error. Our experienced South Carolina medical negligence lawyers have the skills and the resources you want on your side after you have been hurt. Your injury or illness wasn’t your fault, and we believe you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake – especially if that payment is your health. You can trust in us to protect you, your family and your future.

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Commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions


Although doctors spend four years in medical school, two of them in clinical training, a year or two of internship, several years of residency in their specialties, and additional time in private practice or on a hospital staff, some still make gross errors in diagnosis that have life-threatening results.

For example, a doctor may misidentify your condition, order the wrong test, obtain a negative report and, because of it, fail to treat you. If your condition becomes worse because of that error, you may be able to receive compensation. Some patients’ symptoms may be baffling, but competent doctors eventually get to the bottom of them and formulate a proper plan of treatment. McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC’s South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience handling cases against negligent or incompetent medical professionals who fail to diagnose, or who misdiagnose:

  • Heart disease, severe mitral valve prolapse or imminent heart attack
  • Strokes or aneurisms, especially when swift, decisive intervention could help the patient avoid paralysis, loss of speech or vision, or death
  • Tetanus, sepsis, Group B strep, or other infections
  • Bleeding from internal injuries
  • Cancers, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, and sarcomas
  • Or, who fail to order, or perform, necessary diagnostic tests.

These are representative of the kinds of cases our South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys have successfully resolved through jury trials and settlement negotiations that have won our clients just compensation for their injuries.

South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys who put clients first

Your medical malpractice case matters to us. If you or a loved one suffered injury because of a hospital’s or medical professional’s failure to accurately diagnose and properly treat a health condition, let McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, and our hard-working, no-nonsense South Carolina medical malpractice lawyers help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.

Our attorneys have extensive experience advocating for people whose doctors fail to perform according to acceptable standards of care. We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Contact McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, today.  Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation. Or, fill out our contact form from any device.

McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips proudly serves clients throughout South Carolina, with offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.