Diagnosis is an imperfect science. However, doctors and technicians have a duty to pursue a systematic approach and to first rule out the most grave possibilities. When medical professionals sidestep the diagnostic process or leap to conclusions, the results can be tragic.

Failure to diagnose serious medical conditions is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. Contact the experienced attorneys of The Palumbo Law Group if you believe your cancer should have been diagnosed much earlier or if a loved one died or suffered injury from an untreated condition. We offer a free case evaluation, with three offices in Prince George's County and Charles County.


An undiagnosed or misdiagnosed condition is a lost opportunity. In the case of cancer or other progressive illness, the patient is deprived of a cure (in early stages) or life-extending treatments. In the case of acute conditions, the untreated patient may unnecessarily suffer extreme pain, organ damage, brain damage or death.

Depending on the facts, the following might constitute medical malpractice:

  • Failure to diagnose cancer
  • Failure to recognize heart attack or stroke
  • Undiagnosed blood clots/aneurysm/hematoma
  • Failure to diagnose internal bleeding (hemorrhage)
  • Failure to treat a life-threatening infection
  • Failure to identify bone fractures
  • False positive (misdiagnosis) leading to unnecessary surgery or harmful treatment

We pursue action against all parties who may be culpable, including primary care physicians, emergency room doctors, radiologists, nurses, technicians, and the hospital or clinic.


When medical providers fail to diagnose a serious condition, there are usually signs or steps that were missed. Led by trial lawyer Daniel Palumbo, our legal team has the knowledge and experience to identify how doctors and staff deviated from good medical practices. Did the doctor ignore patient complaints or miss telltale symptoms? Were further tests indicated? Did someone misread the X-rays or lab reports? Did medical professionals withhold information from the patient or try to cover their mistakes?

There is no cost or obligation to have us examine your medical records or pursue your malpractice claim. We do not receive attorney fees unless we recover compensation through a settlement or verdict.