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Failure to Diagnose


With early diagnosis, many potentially life-threatening diseases are treatable. However, if weeks or months go by before a serious health condition is diagnosed, a treatable health condition can become terminal.

I am Kenneth Haggard, a medical malpractice lawyer in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. If you or a loved one has been injured because a doctor failed to pay close attention to symptoms or did not order appropriate medical tests, you may be entitled to compensation. I offer a free initial consultation to explain the law and let you know what you can expect.

There are many different types of failure-to-diagnose cases. Some examples include:

  • Failure to diagnose breast, colon or skin cancer early enough to treat it
  • Failure to diagnose appendicitis or a burst appendix
  • Failure to diagnose a heart attack in an emergency room setting
  • Failure to diagnose spinal meningitis in a child
  • Failure to diagnose complications following surgery

In one of the cases I handled, a woman repeatedly went to her doctor with complaints of stomach pain following gastric bypass surgery. The doctor misdiagnosed her condition as a stomachache. It wasn't until her third visit that the doctor discovered that the staples in her stomach had loosened. The woman eventually died due to the delay in diagnosing and treating her condition. A large settlement was obtained for her children.


Medical malpractice lawsuits have a statute of limitations of only one year in Kentucky. This means that you need to contact an attorney promptly so the failure-to-diagnose case can be investigated before the statute of limitations expires. If you wait 11 months to contact a lawyer, it may be too late to pursue a claim, so contact me today.

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800 S. Virginia Street
Hopkinsville, KY 42241

Phone: 270-632-4128
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