The consequences of a failure to diagnose or an incorrect diagnosis can be devastating for victims and their families. Victims of a failure to diagnose can suffer delayed treatment as a result or may receive the incorrect treatment or no treatment at all because of a delayed or erroneous diagnosis.
When a failure to diagnose has resulted in a worsened condition, legal resources are available to help victims. A legal claim for medical malpractice may be able to help victims and their families with the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered because of a failure to diagnose. A failed or incorrect diagnosis can result in the disease progressing further than it would have if it were properly diagnosed and treated and can result in permanent injuries and death.
Whenever patients and their families have suffered harm because of medical negligence, medical malpractice options may be available to them. It is important for medical care providers to avoid errors when interpreting medical tests; order the appropriate tests; and carefully listen to the patient's medical history and symptoms. A failure to diagnose cancer, a heart condition, provide the appropriate referral or emergency room errors can be devastating for victims. Medical care professionals are held to a legal standard and may be liable for harm that results from them providing care below that standard.
When a victim has suffered harm from a medical error, they should be familiar with the legal protections available to them and to family members. Both personal injury and wrongful death legal protections may be available depending on the circumstances to help victims recover personal injury and wrongful death damages.