A failure to diagnose an illness timely or properly can result in serious consequences and harm to victims. As a result, it is important for victims of medical malpractice to know what to do and how to respond when a trusted medical care provider has let them down.
A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims of medical malpractice recover compensation for the harm they have suffered because of a failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or erroneous diagnosis or treatment they received. A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims with the physical, financial and emotional costs associated with receiving negligent medical care and treatment. In general, if the victim's condition worsened beyond what would have been expected had their condition been timely and properly diagnosed and treated, victims may be able to recover compensation.
If the disease progression was worse than if the victim had received prompt medical care and treatment, they may be able to recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. It is important for medical care providers to order appropriate tests, ensure tests are properly interpreted, thoroughly solicit and consider the patient's medical history and follow the standard of care developed by what a reasonable medical care provider in the circumstances would do.
If a trusted medical care provider fails to provide proper care to the victim, medical malpractice legal remedies are available to protect victims from the harm they have suffered. A failure to diagnose or incorrect diagnosis is serious and may result in a lack of care or the victim receiving care and treatment they do not need; because of this, victims of medical malpractice should be familiar with their legal protections.