Failure to diagnose is a serious type of medical malpractice that can cause a worsened condition or even death for victims. Victims of medical malpractice and their families need to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have been harmed by a failure to diagnose or other type of medical malpractice.
What does failure to diagnose include?
A failure to diagnose can include several different types of medical negligence including misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis and failed or erroneous diagnosis.
Whether the victim suffers the wrong diagnosis, a diagnosis that is not timely or no diagnosis at all, they can suffer serious harm as a result. Victims of a failure to diagnose may not receive the medical care and treatment they urgently need or may receive the wrong medical care and treatment which can cause them harm. When a victim has suffered from a worsened condition beyond what would normally be expected of their disease progression had they been timely and correctly diagnosed, they may be able to recover compensation for the harm suffered. This can include compensation for family members of victims killed because of a failure to diagnose.
How can a medical malpractice claim for damages help?
A medical malpractice claim for damages can help hold a negligent medical care provider accountable for their medical negligence. It can also help victims and their families with the physical, financial and emotional damages. Medical malpractice legal protections are important to be aware of when victims have been harmed seeking the medical care and treatment they need.