Proper treatment requires that patients receive a timely and accurate diagnosis. Any delay or misdiagnosis can have disastrous consequences for a patient, who will not get the treatment they need. Unfortunately, some patients will end up seriously ill or possibly even die, all because a doctor did not make a correct, timely diagnosis of their medical condition.

Diagnostic errors are a form of medical malpractice, and injured patients have a right to compensation when a medical error causes them injury. These errors can happen in many different medical settings, including in a doctor’s office, hospital, or operating room.


Experienced Grand Junction Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Few members of the public have the medical training necessary to know when a correct diagnosis should be made. Medical malpractice cases are some of the toughest to bring, and you will need a seasoned lawyer who understands the correct standard of care that medical professionals must follow.

At Cimarron Ridge Legal Group, our team has brought many successful cases for a missed or delayed diagnosis. We work with expert witnesses to understand what doctors should have done, and then we use our legal skills to get the compensation our clients need. Not every missed diagnosis results in a lawsuit, but let our team decide whether you have a valid case.


“I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Martin on several occasions and have been extremely pleased with my experiences. He is professional, efficient and knowledgeable. He is truly an asset to have on your side when it comes to navigating the legal world.”

Donald V.

“I have used Dan Shaffer as counsel for myself and my family for over 10 years. He always returns my calls and emails. He and his staff really seem to care about their work and clients. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his services to anyone with serious legal problems. ”

JK - 2018

“Mr. Martin has been a huge help to me in navigating a wide range of legal issues in both my personal and professional life. His wide-ranging knowledge and exceptional legal expertise have made him an incredible resource, and his personal approach and sense of humor have made him a real friend.”

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“My family sought Mr. Shaffer’s services for our daughter who was facing very serious charges. He was thoughtful and compassionate throughout her cases and helped us understand what was happening as every turn. I would strongly recommend his services to anyone with serious legal problems.”

Traci C. - 2016

“I have been represented by Brent Martin on a number of matters. In each case, Brent’s work was timely, efficient and showed an excellent grasp on both the law and the facts at issue. He was available when I needed him and was very good at explaining the often complex issues involved. I highly recommend Brent and his firm.”

Michael L.

“If you are looking for an attorney, Daniel Shaffer is excellent. He is not only highly effective and bright, but is also a thoughtful and caring individual. Dan’s legal expertise has helped me and my family immensely, and we couldn’t be more grateful. He and his team are wonderful to work with!”

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Causes of Diagnostic Errors

When doctors follow the correct standard of care, they should make a correct and timely diagnosis. Unfortunately, some professionals fail in their duties because of the following:

  • Carelessness
  • Lack of knowledge or skill
  • Improper tests
  • Human error performing the test
  • Impairment by drugs or alcohol
  • Excessive case load
  • Inadequate support staff

The above are only some of the more common sources of errors. The key in this type of case will be to determine what a competent doctor would have done based on the knowledge he or she possessed at the time of diagnosis. If your doctor failed to perform competently, then an injured patient might be able to sue.

Complication from Diagnostic Errors

Many complications can ensue from a diagnostic error, including:

  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Blindness
  • Amputation
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Patients can incur much more costly medical treatment and require longer recovery times when a doctor delays a correct diagnosis or makes an inaccurate one.

Someone with cancer, for example, might have seen their cancer spread much farther than it would have had a doctor correctly diagnosed the cancer in a timely manner. As a result, the cancer patient might need surgery and difficult chemotherapy. Their chances of survival could also fall dramatically given the spread of the disease.

Speak with a Grand Junction Medical Malpractice Attorney

Anyone injured by medical malpractice faces an uphill fight with insurers and defense lawyers. Let us help you. The team at Cimarron Ridge Legal Group brings a combined 70 years of experience to bear on these cases, and we can often get a more favorable result than a person could on their own. For help with your case, give us a call to schedule your free consultation.

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