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What You Need to Know about the Failure to Diagnose

Here is what you need to know about medical malpractice and a doctor’s failure to diagnose.

Medical malpractice incidents happen in a variety of ways and can lead to critical injuries and even wrongful death. For example, if your doctor doesn’t diagnose your condition in time to treat it, that could be considered an act of medical malpractice. Here is what you need to know about medical malpractice regarding a doctor’s failure to diagnose.

Doctor-Patient Relationship

The first step when addressing a potential diagnostic error is establishing that there had been a doctor-patient relationship. When your doctor performs a medical examination of your condition, and then agrees to provide treatment, that means you have a doctor-patient relationship. This means that your doctor will be required to adhere to the highest standard of care

Failure to Diagnose

By violating the standard of care, a doctor will be considered negligent, and that especially applies in the diagnostic process. There are several points at which a doctor’s negligence could have caused the failure to diagnose. Examples include if the doctor fails to include a comprehensive list of possible conditions that fit the patient’s symptoms, conducts a test improperly, or does not recognize the urgency of the condition.


The failure to diagnose has to cause an injury or worsened condition in order to be considered medical malpractice. And the damages you might receive include medical expenses, loss of income, or pain and suffering. It is key is to prove that the doctor’s failure to diagnose is the direct cause of the injury.

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