Diagnostic Errors

Failure to Diagnose & Misdiagnosis

Medical professionals who fail to properly diagnose a medical condition, identify a medical condition in a timely manner, or incorrectly diagnose an ailment subject patients to increased risks of suffering harm. In today's health care landscape, a great deal of emphasis is placed on early detection and intervention. Diagnosing an ailment accurately and in a timely fashion is therefore crucial to providing effective treatment. Unfortunately, it is not always easy.

Although medical science is not perfect and while our health care providers may not always be able to discover and identify problems in patients, there are situations where diagnostic errors result in preventable injuries or illnesses. When these diagnostic errors are avoidable – or more specifically when medical professionals fail to provide an acceptable standard of care when diagnosing a patient's condition – victims may have the right to pursue a recovery of their damages by filing a medical malpractice claim.

Examples of diagnostic errors that can result in a medical professional's liability include:

  • Failure to Diagnose – Medical professionals may fail to diagnose a condition for various reasons. If it can be demonstrated that a reasonable health care provider would have identified such a condition, however, these medical professionals can potentially be held liable for failing to uphold an acceptable standard of care. Failing to diagnose a condition can delay necessary treatment or result in a condition worsening without any treatment at all.
  • Misdiagnosis – Misdiagnosing a condition can be incredibly dangerous for patients. Patients may be given potentially harmful treatment or medications for a condition they do not have or may not receive the treatment they require.

Statistics reveal that close to half of all medical malpractice claims in the United States involve diagnostic errors. These errors commonly involve the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Infections & Allergic reactions
  • Meningitis
  • Heart Disease, Stroke & Heart Attack

Speak With a Houston Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you believe that you or your loved one has experienced injury or illness as the result of a medical professional failing to diagnose a condition or misdiagnosing a condition, a personal injury attorney from Stern Law Group can help. Learn more about your case and rights by calling 877-661-9900.