A failure to diagnose can be one of the most serious types of medical malpractice because it can result in a worsened condition for the victim. A failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or erroneous diagnosis can all be incredibly serious for victims who should be familiar with the legal protections available to them if that happens.
The consequences of a failure to diagnose
If the victim suffers from a failure to diagnose, they may not receive the medical care and treatment they need. Likewise, if they suffer from a delayed diagnosis, they may not only fail to receive the medical treatment and care they need but they may also fail to receive it in a timely manner. Victims who suffer from an erroneous diagnosis, may receive medical care and treatment they do not need, which may worsen their condition, and may not receive the medical care and treatment they do need.
Protections for victims of medical malpractice
Patients place their trust in medical care providers every day. When a victim has suffered from medical malpractice, and it has resulted in a worsened condition beyond the normal disease progression that would have been expected had the medical condition been properly and timely diagnosed and treated, they may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages.
Being harmed by a trusted medical care provider can be overwhelming for victims and for families. For that reason, they should be aware of the legal protections available to help them and hold the negligent medical care provider who has harmed them accountable.