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Exploring Medical Accountability: Misdiagnosed or Undiagnosed Illness

When faced with the sudden loss of a family member due to a stroke, heart attack, or a terminal illness like cancer, it’s natural for loved ones to grapple with a multitude of questions and concerns. These may include wondering if the attending physician could have taken additional measures or why the illness wasn’t detected earlier. Such questions often probe into the realm of medical expertise and care. Families may contemplate whether another doctor would have provided a different course of treatment or shown greater vigilance in diagnosis. In moments of grief and confusion, the expectations placed upon healthcare professionals come sharply into focus. While it’s acknowledged that not every illness can be cured, there remains an expectation that healthcare providers will diligently strive to identify and address ailments to the best of their abilities.

Failure to meet this standard of care, which is customary in similar medical situations, warrants scrutiny and potential intervention by medical regulatory bodies. Furthermore, when negligent care results in undue suffering or untimely death, it’s imperative that avenues for redress are available to affected patients or their surviving family members. Just as patients entrust their well-being to medical professionals, they also deserve accountability and, where appropriate, compensation for lapses in care that lead to adverse outcomes.

Since 1978, the Augusta law office of Burnside Law Firm has been helping medical malpractice victims and their families get the answers they need and the compensation they deserve. Contact us for a free initial consultation and legal guidance in a medical malpractice claim in Augusta or Athens, Georgia.

Misdiagnosis ∙ Delayed Diagnosis ∙ Failure to Diagnose

Our cases range from those where a doctor failed to diagnose cancer until the advanced stages, where treatment was no longer an option, to cases where emergency room staff was too busy to recognize signs of a heart attack or stroke and sent a patient home. We handle cases involving:

  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose: One of the most critical errors in healthcare, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose can lead to delayed treatment or inappropriate care. Conditions may be overlooked, leading to exacerbation of symptoms or progression of the illness.
  • Failure to detect and treat infections: Infections, if left untreated, can lead to serious complications such as sepsis or organ failure. Failure to promptly identify and address infections can result in prolonged hospital stays, increased morbidity, and even mortality.
  • Ignoring the symptoms or concerns of the patient: Patients often have a unique insight into their own bodies and may notice subtle changes or symptoms that indicate a larger issue. Dismissing or ignoring patient concerns can lead to missed diagnoses and dissatisfaction with care.
  • Failure to order appropriate tests based on symptoms: Effective diagnosis often relies on a combination of clinical judgment and diagnostic testing. Failure to order necessary tests based on presenting symptoms can delay diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
  • Failure to communicate test results: Timely communication of test results is essential for effective patient care. Failure to relay results promptly can lead to delays in treatment, unnecessary anxiety for patients, and missed opportunities for intervention.
  • Failure to refer to a specialist when necessary for accurate diagnosis: Some medical conditions require specialized expertise for accurate diagnosis and management. Failure to refer patients to specialists in a timely manner can result in diagnostic delays, inappropriate treatment, and worsening of the patient’s condition.

Failure to Treat

Failure to treat malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider neglects to provide necessary medical care to a patient, resulting in harm or worsening of the patient’s condition. This form of malpractice can manifest in various ways, such as failing to prescribe appropriate medication, neglecting to perform necessary procedures or surgeries or disregarding follow-up care. Whether due to oversight, incompetence, or deliberate indifference, failure to treat can have serious consequences for patients, leading to prolonged suffering, exacerbation of illness, or even preventable death. Patients rely on healthcare providers to deliver timely and competent treatment, and when this duty is breached, legal recourse may be pursued to hold responsible parties accountable and seek compensation for damages incurred.

Burnside Law Firm: Pursuing Justice in Medical Malpractice Cases

Our approach involves a comprehensive investigation into various facets of medical care to build a robust case for our client. First, we meticulously scrutinize hospital procedures and delve into our client’s medical records to identify deviations from standard protocols or instances of medical errors. This detailed examination allows us to pinpoint areas of potential negligence or oversight.

Moreover, our investigative process extends beyond individual cases to encompass broader considerations of medical standards and practices. We analyze the norms and protocols followed by other medical professionals within the same specialty in Georgia. This comparative analysis helps us ascertain whether the care provided by our client’s healthcare provider deviated from the accepted standards of medical practice within the local medical community.

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm in Augusta and Athens, GA, collaborate closely with medical experts who possess specialized knowledge and experience relevant to the circumstances of our case. These experts play a crucial role in evaluating the actions taken by the healthcare provider and determining whether alternative courses of action, consistent with prevailing standards of care, could have led to a more favorable outcome for our client.

Contact Burnside Law Firm to Review Your Case

The ultimate objective at Burnside Law Firm is to uncover instances where injuries or fatalities were potentially preventable. By uncovering and exposing negligence or substandard care, we advocate fiercely for our client’s rights to justice and seek to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. Through diligent investigation, expert analysis and zealous advocacy, we strive to secure the compensation and resolution our clients deserve in the aftermath of medical malpractice incidents.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose a medical condition, contact us at the Richmond County law firm of Burnside Law Firm to discuss your case.

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2919 Professional Pkwy

Augusta, GA, 30907

Phone: (706) 432-8320


325 North Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA, 30601

Phone: (706) 227-4264

We have recovered tens of millions in settlements and verdicts

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Meet The Team

Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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Burnside Law Firm

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Erin Wren

After my car accident they helped me every step of the way! They were up front and answered any questions I had! They negotiated the insurance and got a higher settlement than was offered! I would definitely use them again!

Debbie Walker

In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

Rick Estep

Burnside Law Firm is who you want to represent you. Mr. Muller came to our house for a free consultation without hesitation. He guided us and overcame every obstacle we encountered. He secured the maximum insurance limits for us and we couldn't be more happy. If you are injured, DO NOT attempt to recoup compensation without the expertise of a trusted, skilled and able law firm to be your voice. THANK YOU MR. MULLER!!!

Alexander Hughes

Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

Lynn Eldridge

I have known the Burnside family for many years. Recently Thomas was most helpful in getting my check following an auto collision. I highly recommend their firm.

Damien Williams

I definitely felt comfortable in there hands really good people.

Jacob Clements

Very very good law firm. Went above and beyond to make things right. Highly reccomend.

Barbara Huskinson

Burnside Law did what they said they would do. Garon Muller was great in communicating and looked out for my best interest in getting what was fair in my settlement. I would recommend Burnside to anyone.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264