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Protections for victims of a failure to diagnose are available

Medical malpractice is serious for victims and their families. Medical mistakes can result in serious injuries, permanent harm and even death. Because a timely and accurate diagnosis is critical to successfully treating a medical condition, a failure to diagnose can result in a worsened condition. Medical mistakes can cause preventable harm and suffering for victims and their families.

A failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can all have devastating consequences for victims who have entrusted their medical care to trained professionals. Medical malpractice legal claims can help hold doctors, hospitals and other medical staff accountable when medical negligence has resulted in harm to the patient. A claim for damages can help recover compensation for harm associated with medical expenses, lost wages and the pain and suffering victims may experience, as well as wrongful death damages for surviving family members of victims of medical malpractice.

Failure to diagnose situations can include the failure to diagnose cancer; the failure to diagnose a heart attack; the failure to diagnose a stroke which may result in brain damage or death; the failure to diagnose appendicitis; the failure to diagnose spinal meningitis; the failure to diagnose a bowel obstruction and in a variety of other circumstances as well. When a doctor has failed to property evaluate symptoms or order appropriate tests, and a worsened condition has resulted, the victim may have a claim for damages.

A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional costs suffered as a result of a medical mistake. Because medical malpractice claims can be complex, it is helpful to have knowledgeable resources to rely on throughout the process of bringing a claim for damages.