FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE OR MISDIAGNOSE
Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnose Attorney
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Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnose Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice, a doctor or medical professional failing to exercise the requisite care for a patient, comes in many forms. All too often, a doctor will be negligent in the diagnoses of a patient. The negligence will result in a failure to provide a patient with a diagnosis or providing the patient with the incorrect diagnosis. Either way, the consequences of such negligence can have devastating consequences for the health and well-being of the patient. Fazli & Associates fights for patients who have suffered harm as a result of medical negligence on the part of their treating physicians and other medical professionals.
What is the Difference Between Failure to Diagnose and Misdiagnose?
There are several different types of diagnostic errors that can lead to a medical malpractice case. A misdiagnosis, also referred to as “wrong diagnosis,” occurs when a doctor diagnoses the patient with the wrong illness. This is different from a case of missed diagnosis. With missed diagnosis cases, the doctor mistakenly gives the patient a clean bill of health despite the patient really suffering from an illness or other health issue. While different, both misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis of a patient’s health problem can cause a condition to worsen, lead to unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment, and the development of further medical problems. When a doctor is negligent in diagnosing a patient and the patient needlessly suffers as a result, a medical malpractice claim can help the patient recover monetary damages. Fazli & Associates is committed to helping those victimized by medical malpractice.
What Needs to Be Proven in a Diagnostic Error Medical Malpractice Case?
Even doctors that exercise a high level of care make diagnostic errors. If a doctor misdiagnosed a patient or mistakenly gave a patient a clean bill of health when they were actually suffering from a medical condition, this, in and of itself, is not enough to substantiate a medical malpractice claim. There needs to be more. The patient must usually have to prove:
There was a doctor-patient relationship;
The doctor was negligent; and
The negligence of the doctor caused actual injury to the patient.
Whether the doctor was negligent will turn on whether the doctor was using reasonable skill in diagnosing the patient. To examine the reasonableness of the doctor’s actions, the actions will be compared to how a doctor in a similar specialty and in a similar geographic location would have diagnosed the patient under similar circumstances.
The diagnostic error must have caused actual harm to the patient. This usually means that the doctor’s negligence resulted in the worsening of the patient’s health condition. Had the doctor exercised the requisite level of care and arrived at the correct diagnosis, the harm suffered by the patient would not have occurred.
Medical malpractice claims require a fact specific analysis of a particular case’s details. At Fazli & Associates, we are well versed in handling diagnostic error medical malpractice cases. We know how to investigate these claims and work towards successfully recovering compensation for our clients.
Holding Medical Providers Responsible for Negligence That Harms Patients.
Placing trust in your doctor to help you get better is not always easy. We place our well being in their hands and this is a big deal. We rely on doctors to take due care in addressing our health concerns. When a doctor fails to take necessary care in treating us and in diagnosing our illnesses and condition, people needlessly suffer. At Fazli & Associates, we fight for our clients who have suffered due to medical malpractice. We want to hold the responsible parties accountable in the hopes that they will not fall short in their standard of care again. You can trust us to tirelessly represent your best interests and solidly advocate on your behalf. Contact us today.