Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis are the basis of many medical malpractice lawsuits. Failure to diagnose is when a doctor completely misses the connection between signs/symptoms and a medical condition, resulting in no treatment. Misdiagnosis more refers to when a doctor diagnoses the wrong condition, missing the real problem. Related to these is delayed diagnosis, when a doctor does not make the connection between the signs/symptoms and a medical condition in a timely manner.
In either case, the patient may suffer a more serious illness or injury, or even death, without the proper medical care and treatment. Generally, this must result in a worsening of the patient's medical condition for the malpractice to be actionable. For example, a delay in cancer treatment caused by misdiagnosis can affect quality of life and survival chances. Delays in the diagnosis of breast cancer are the number one cause of all medical malpractice lawsuits in the U.S.
Contact us if you believe you or a loved one was a victim of a failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, or delay in diagnosis.