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What Constitutes a 'Failure to Diagnose' Claim?

It has been noted by numerous studies that the most common medical malpractice claim is failure to diagnose. When a doctor does not diagnose a patient properly or in time, it can lead to more serious complications or even death. However, due to the complexities in the world of medicine, it can be difficult to prove that failure to diagnose did indeed occur.

With the assistance of a personal injury attorney, you may have a far greater chance of proving your claim, but there are important factors to consider before you file. Keep reading for a brief overview of failure to diagnose claims and how you can file yours successfully.

What You Need to Know About Failure to Diagnose Claims

Failure to diagnose a medical condition can happen all too often for patients, simply because many illnesses or injuries masquerade as something else. Doctors may hesitate to call the problem what it actually is because they are exercising exercise too much caution when evaluating the patient. This hesitancy has been the basis for countless medical malpractice claims over the years.

Any of the following can be cause for failing to diagnose properly:

  • Missing important warning signs
  • Wrongly administering a physical exam
  • Misinterpreting test results
  • Failing to listen to and act on a patient's concerns
  • Referring a patient to an incorrect specialist

Because the law has to grant doctors some measure of grace, not all instances of failure to diagnose automatically qualify as medical malpractice. Medical professionals are required to act according to the proper standard of care. This means that if you can prove that this standard of care was violated, such as due to negligence, you may be able to file a failure to diagnose claim.

At our firm, we have handled hundreds of medical malpractice claims, including failure to diagnose. We know how difficult it can be to live with pain and suffering and can help you recover deserved compensation. Contact a Hartford personal injury lawyer at our firm to schedule a free case evaluation today.

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