Being able to trust in the medical care you receive is important for any patient and patients should be able to trust in the medical care and treatment they receive. When a medical professional has violated their duty of care to a patient, they may be liable for medical malpractice. A medical malpractice claim can help victims and their families recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional harm suffered as a result.
One type of medical malpractice includes failure to diagnose and others can similarly include a delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis. The standard to determine if the medical provider was medically negligent is to ask what a reasonably prudent doctor, in similar circumstances, would have considered as potential diagnoses for the victim's symptoms. If the medical professional failed to consider the condition the victim was ultimately diagnosed with, or failed to order the appropriate tests, they may be liable for medical malpractice.
The failure to timely diagnose or correctly diagnose the patient's condition can lead to disease progression beyond what it would have otherwise been. Additionally, an erroneous diagnosis may lead to treatments that harm the victim, worsening their medical condition. All of this can be costly for victims and their families and can result in serious physical harm, medical expenses and even death.
Because of the devastating impacts of medical malpractice on victims and their families, it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with the legal resources available to them. A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims with the damages they have suffered as a result of the medical malpractice and can leave them feeling less alone when their trust in their medical care has been violated.