Many factors go into a doctor being able to make a medical diagnosis. When there is any defect in the necessary information, including tests and imaging studies, there is a chance that a diagnosis will be missed. This can lead to very serious impacts for the innocent patient who only wanted to get help for what was wrong with them. We know that you might not think you will ever have to deal with this, but if you do, you need to know that there are options.
There are many cases in which the failure to diagnose can be harmful or even deadly. People who have cancer and don’t receive the correct diagnosis aren’t able to start the appropriate treatment. This can allow the cancer to spread, which can make it more difficult or even impossible to beat. Someone who had a heart attack needs immediate care, and they can die if they don’t receive it. The same thing goes for a stroke patient.
For many people, the medical care after a failure to diagnose is costly. It may be costlier to treat the condition if it has been allowed to go unchecked. If this occurs due to medical negligence, you do have the option of seeking compensation. Not only does this help you to try to recover those financial damages, it also seeks to hold the medical professional accountable for their failure to diagnose.
When we work on these cases, we need to show that the standard of care wasn’t met. This means that we show that another doctor in the same position would have made the proper diagnose and initiated a treatment plan to address the condition.