Patients and their loved ones place great trust in medical professionals to timely and accurately make diagnoses using the appropriate standard of care. A misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis can result in complications, personal injury or even wrongful death.
One of the most common forms of medical malpractice is failure to diagnose. One study about medical malpractice claims against primary care physicians found that over twenty-five percent of all claims against these doctors revolved around missed diagnoses. The standard of care for diagnosis in the United States is the differential diagnosis process, which medical doctors should be familiar with and implement. Unfortunately, some medical providers choose to not use the standard of care when treating their patients.
Failure to timely diagnose can result from failure of the physician to order appropriate diagnostics such as MRIs, CR scans or lab work. Delay in diagnosis also can occur when a physician fails to communicate abnormal findings of diagnostics to the patient resulting in major complications, such as surgery, hospitalization, infection, sepsis, or death. Failure to diagnose infections, cancer, heart attacks and other conditions can lead to devastating results for patients and their families.
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