A failure to diagnose is a serious type of medical malpractice that can have disastrous consequences for victims. Medical malpractice can include a variety of different types of medical negligence including surgical errors, medication errors, failure to diagnose, delayed diagnose or erroneous diagnosis and treatment, among other possible types of medical malpractice.
The general rule of thumb is that when a failure to diagnose results in a worsened condition beyond what would have been expected had the medical condition been timely and properly diagnosed and treated, the negligent medical care provider may be liable for medical malpractice. Doctors, surgeons, nurses, hospitals and others may all be liable for medical malpractice. Whenever the medical care and treatment provided by a medical care provider falls below the standard of care, they may be liable for damages suffered by victims.
It is important for medical care providers to closely listen to their patients and their medical history, closely listen to their symptoms and ensure appropriate testing is ordered and properly interpreted. Victims of medical malpractice may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages through a personal injury claim for damages if they have suffered harm as a result of negligent medical care of treatment.
Medical malpractice can cause extensive harm to victims and their families and leave them with medical expenses, lost earnings and emotional pain and suffering damages. Victims should be familiar with the legal remedies available to help them when they have received medical care that harmed them.