A failure to diagnose can result in serious consequences for victims of medical malpractice. As a result, victims of medical malpractice should be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have been harmed by a failure to diagnose.
A failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or erroneous diagnosis can result in a worsened condition for the victim. When the victim has suffered a worsened condition than they would have otherwise suffered had their medical condition been properly and timely diagnosed, they may have a claim for damages against the medical care provider responsible for their damages. A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims with their physical, financial and emotional damages and help them recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
Depending on the circumstances, a doctor, nurse, hospital or other medical care provider may be liable to compensate the victim of medical malpractice for the damages they have suffered. When a medical care provider has provided medical care or treatment that falls below the standard of care, they may be liable and a medical malpractice claim for damages can help hold the medical care provider accountable for the harm they caused.
A failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or erroneous diagnosis can violate the trust of the victim in their medical care provider and the medical care and treatment they receive. Because of how serious medical errors can be, legal options are available to help protect victims when they have been harmed by careless and negligent medical care and victims should be aware of what they are.