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What is failure to diagnose an injury or illness?

Going to the doctor can wrack your nerves. Even if you are going for a well visit, you never know what might be found by the doctor. On the other side of things, you might schedule a sick visit and the doctor says nothing is wrong with you. This can be very disheartening, especially if you know there's something not right. This is known as failure to diagnose. So, what exactly is failure to diagnose an illness?

Doctors are supposed to be trusted experts in their field. You put your health in their hands so much so that you rely on them to get it right the first time. Doctors are also human. They will make mistakes. They very well could make a mistake when it comes to issuing a diagnosis for your illness. They might either fail to diagnose the illness, diagnose the wrong illness or even delay the diagnosis.

A doctor can be held liable should his or her failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis cause you further injury or even death. The doctor can be held liable via a medical malpractice lawsuit if you are further injured or sickened or a wrongful death lawsuit if you die as a result of the failed diagnosis.

You will need to be able to prove that the doctor should have been able to properly diagnose your issue just like other prudent doctors under similar circumstances. Other issues that fall into this category are failure to treat and providing incorrect treatment.

Do you think your doctor failed to diagnose your injury or illness properly? Did it lead to the worsening of your condition? If so, you will want to protect your rights immediately by filing a medical malpractice case in Pasadena.

Source: Findlaw, "Failed/Erroneous Diagnosis and Treatment," accessed Jan. 18, 2018

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