When a medical mistake such as a misdiagnosis, failed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis leads to the lack of medical treatment or the wrong treatment, victims may suffer harm. As a result, it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them with their damages when they have been the victim of a failure to diagnose or incorrect diagnosis.
In general, if a delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis results in disease or injury progression beyond what would have resulted from a timely diagnosis, the medical care provider may be liable for the harm caused to the victim. The standard that is used to determine if the medical care provider was negligent is what a reasonably prudent medical care provider in similar circumstances would have done. If the care the doctor, nurse or other medical care professional provided fell before the standard of care, they may be liable for the damages the victims suffers.
A failure to diagnose can occur in different ways one of which is if the medical care provider improperly diagnoses the victim’s symptoms. It is important for medical care providers to properly order and interpret the appropriate tests and to carefully examine the patient’s medical history. Medical care providers including doctors, nurses and others can be liable for medical malpractice depending on the circumstances.
Medical malpractice claims are a legal option that can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. A medical malpractice claim is a valuable tool to help victims who have been harmed by medical negligence but can also be complex so it is useful for victims and their families to be familiar with the process and how a medical malpractice claim can help them.