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Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorneys

When a delayed diagnosis of any kind leads to a serious injury or harm, it may be medical malpractice. You have questions – did the doctors make a mistake? Should they have diagnosed my condition sooner? 

The Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys of Lupetin & Unatin are dedicated to helping people answer these questions and get the justice they deserve.

Medical Malpractice FAQ

Types Of Delayed Diagnosis Cases We Handle

The rule of thumb for many serious conditions is sooner diagnosis and treatment is better than later.  Because time is of the essence, doctors are taught how to recognize early signs and symptoms of potentially deadly conditions of all types, from infection to heart and vascular disease.  
A medical malpractice case based on delayed diagnosis may be rooted in miscommunication between healthcare providers or simply oversight. The common thread is usually a missed warning sign such as lab result, a radiology study, or physical exam finding which raises a red flag for a serious medical condition. Careful doctors and nurses recognize the red flags and act immediately. When healthcare providers fail to put the pieces together, patients may lose their window of opportunity for successful treatment. Unfortunately, this type of delay in diagnosis can result in permanent loss of limb or loss of life.


Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can quickly turn life-threatening if not promptly diagnosed and treated. For families impacted by a delay in meningitis diagnosis or treatment, understanding the potential consequences and legal rights is paramount.  


For many, complications of a broken bone or burn can lead to further injury within the muscle compartments of an arm or leg.  This injury, known as compartment syndrome, poses a serious threat to patients worldwide.   Unfortunately, the threat is often made greater because doctors or nurses overlook or ignore obvious signs and symptoms of compartment syndrome.


Preeeclampsia, a disorder that involves rapid increases in blood pressure during pregnancy and the postpartum period – is a condition that still affects five percent of all pregnancies and can be potentially life threatening for both the mother and the baby. Without proper detection and treatment, preeclampsia can result in devastating consequences.

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