Medical malpractice can have catastrophic consequences for victims who may suffer a worsened condition as a result of a failure to diagnose, erroneous diagnosis or delayed diagnosis. A failure to diagnose can be fatal for the victim or may result in the victim receiving the wrong care or treatment, leading to a potential medical malpractice claim for damages.
When a failure to diagnose has resulted in a worsened condition or disease progression beyond what would normally be expected had the medical condition or disease been timely and accurately diagnosed and treated, the medical care professional may be liable for the harm suffered by the victim. If the medical care professional who failed to promptly and correctly diagnose the medical condition provided care that fell below the standard of care, they may be liable for medical malpractice and the victim’s damages. The standard of care is determined by what a reasonably prudent medical care professional in the circumstances would do.
Medical malpractice claims can sometimes be complex and technical, but they can provide important protections for the victim’s physical, financial and emotional damages. A medical malpractice claim can hold the negligent medical care provider accountable and help victims with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Patients should be able to rely on their medical care professionals, which is why such professionals may also be held accountable when they provide negligent care.
Victims of medical malpractice and their families should be familiar with the legal protections available to them. A medical malpractice claim for damages is a resource available to those who have suffered because of a failure to diagnose and need help with their damages.