Common Forms Of Medical Malpractice: Misdiagnosis

Common Forms Of Medical Malpractice: Misdiagnosis

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Many medical malpractice lawsuits involve instances of a failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis of some medical condition. A doctor may make a wrong diagnosis, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or fail to recognize symptoms that a condition is changing or worsening. These cases lend credence to the phrase “always get a second opinion.”

When treating and diagnosing a patient, a physician typically lists diagnoses in order of probability and then considers them by questioning and observing the patient, as well as conducting any necessary diagnostic tests. However, even experienced and competent doctors make diagnostic errors every day.

Misdiagnosis in itself and other diagnostic errors are not necessarily professional malpractice. To give rise to a successful medical malpractice action, the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose must result in delayed care, improper medical treatment, or no treatment, which results in harm to the patient, i.e., some worsening of the illness or injury.

The primary elements of proof involve showing that the doctor failed to adhere to the accepted standard of care in diagnosing the patient’s condition, and that the doctor’s failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis actually and proximately caused actual harm. Proving that a physician violated the standard of care typically requires expert testimony.

If you have been injured by an incident of medical malpractice, including a delayed diagnosis, you may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, past, present, and future medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering. Too often, those who suffer serious injuries as a result of medical malpractice can expect the cost to be great financially and the effects to be long-term. Therefore, anyone harmed as a result of a health care provider’s professional malpractice must receive complete compensation that includes payment for future medical bills, as well as reimbursement for lost wages.

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