Failure to Diagnose
Failure to diagnose, though more subtle than a surgical error, is an overlooked aspect of medical malpractice. When you have a health condition, an immediate diagnoses is incredibly helpful. If a doctor diagnoses a condition early, you can seek treatment in a timely manner, and the sooner treatment can begin, the greater its efficacy. When mistakes happen, they can have a severe impact on a person’s health or recovery.
In some instances, a doctor fails to recognize a patient’s symptoms. For example, a doctor may believe that appendicitis is nothing more than a mild infection, and send a patient home. Later, that patient may experience a ruptured appendix, leading to preventable pain, or even death. In other instances, a doctor may prescribe medication or alternative treatment, when the patient really needs immediate surgery. Additionally, the prescription of wrong or unnecessary medications can have an adverse effect on an individual’s health.
Most health care professionals are highly-trained, compassionate, and responsible. Still, even the most competent doctors can made mistakes in regards to symptoms and diagnoses. Unfortunately, patients often suffer as a result of these oversights. It’s important to remember that failure to diagnose or a delay in treatment can also a form of medical malpractice, and may be grounds for a personal injury case if someone is injured as a result, or if someone dies after a diagnoses error or delay. Like other types of medical malpractice, failure to diagnose can have fatal consequences.
If you experience an unnecessary delay in treatment or a delayed diagnoses, take action to protect your rights. We understand medical malpractice law and will build a highly effective case. For more information, see our FAQ page.
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If you are seeking help after a failure to diagnose, please contact us. We’ll see you through.