What is Failure to Diagnose?Patients in Pompano, FL and throughout the state who seek medical help have an expectation that the medical professionals and doctors they submit themselves to for evaluation will determine what is causing their ailment. A patient’s symptoms often indicate to the doctor the proper diagnosis to make. However, when doctors miss these symptoms or misinterpret them, the resulting error can bring extreme harm to the patient. Many medical malpractice cases are initiated from the failure to diagnose or the misdiagnosis of a particular medical condition.

A failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis lead to potential harm

When a doctor does not diagnose a patient’s medical condition in a timely manner, it is referred to as a failure to diagnose. The failure of the doctor in this case involves missing particular symptoms that would lead to a specific and correct diagnosis of the patient’s condition. As a result, the patient is subjected to further deterioration due to the lack of appropriate treatment provided.

Similarly, a misdiagnosis (incorrect diagnosis) allows for the patient’s medical condition to further deteriorate. The incorrect diagnosis prompts the doctor to provide a certain type of treatment, which is actually the wrong type of treatment for the patient’s actual condition.

Both types of failure are potentially disastrous for the patient.

Pursuing a claim involving failure to diagnose

Under Florida law, a medical malpractice claim must adhere to a strict process. Prior to a plaintiff pursuing legal action for medical negligence, Florida law – statute 766.106 – mandates the claimant to perform a presuit investigation and notify all prospective defendants of his or her intention to file legal action for medical negligence.

Critical Medical Conditions Requiring Prompt Diagnosis

Many serious medical conditions are highly treatable if they are diagnosed in a timely and proper manner. The conditions that require a timely diagnosis in order to initiate potentially helpful or even life-saving treatment for Pompano, FL residents include:

  • Cancer
  • Aneurysms (ruptured and unruptured possible)
  • Appendicitis
  • Meningitis
  • Strokes
  • Kidney disease
  • HIV

The responsibility of medical professionals

It is not always possible for medical professionals and doctors to recognize or deliver an accurate diagnosis of a condition immediately, especially when the symptoms of the condition are not yet present. However, doctors and other medical professionals should do everything possible to provide as early and accurate diagnosis as possible based on established medical guidelines and procedures.

A doctor who fails to diagnose or improperly diagnoses a patient’s medical condition may be held liable for medical malpractice, particularly when medical testimony and records demonstrate that the doctor possess the knowledge and evidence necessary to offer a correct and timely diagnosis.

If you believe you have suffered medical malpractice from of an injury you have received as a patient in a hospital or medical facility, our team at Yeboah Law Group can help. We can investigate the circumstances surrounding your treatment, any failure to diagnose your condition properly, and what led to your injury. You can count on our medical malpractice attorneys to serve you in Pompano, FL with strong advocacy to help secure the compensation you deserve for your losses. To arrange a free, no-obligation consultation about your case, call us today at 1-800-TELL-SAM or fill out our contact form.