When a healthcare professional causes injury to a patient due to oversight or negligence, it is called medical malpractice. Failure to diagnose a patient is an example of medical malpractice where the patient sometimes suffers or the disease progresses to a detrimental point because of a doctor’s failure to diagnose the patient. It can cause a lot of pain, the progression of certain conditions, and even death. A doctor’s failure to diagnose a patient can be absolutely devastating. So what do you do if you feel your doctor fails to diagnose you?
In many cases of medical malpractice regarding a failure to diagnose a patient, there must be evidence that the doctor violated the acceptable standard of care. This is a level of care that all patients are expected to receive. In order to file a claim against a doctor for failure to diagnose, there must be proof that the doctor was negligent. To explain this further, it should be considered what a different doctor would suspect is a potential diagnosis to a patient’s condition. If another doctor looks at a patient’s condition and decides that the patient’s doctor should have included more in the potential diagnosis, then you may be able to file a lawsuit. The patient must also prove that the delay in diagnosis had a negative impact on their condition. For example, if the doctor failed to diagnose cancer and it spread.
It can be a painful process to learn that you or your loved one have not been diagnosed correctly resulting in a negative effect on your condition. There is a lot that the patient needs to prove in these cases, and while dealing with illness, pain and stress medical malpractice is really the last thing you want to deal with. In some cases, it may be necessary to reach out to an attorney to help you through this painful time. To learn more about medical malpractice and how you can involve an attorney, Franco Law Firm will be there to help you along the way. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please call us at (813) 872-0929.