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What is failure to diagnose?

| Dec 21, 2016 | Failure to Diagnose

When a New York doctor does not diagnosis your condition properly, it is considered a failure to diagnosis. This term is legal in nature. In the medical field, it is usually just called a misdiagnosis, which encompasses failing to render the correct diagnosis, not diagnosing a condition at all or coming to a proper diagnosis after a delay. Issues with properly diagnosing conditions are the main reason medical malpractice suits are filed in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

While failure to diagnose is the most common type of diagnostic error, any misdiagnosis can delay treatment, which can lead to serious effects, such as the spreading or worsening of a disease. In cases where your condition is incorrectly identified, you could even receive treatments you do not need, which could lead to side effects or other issues. An incorrect diagnosis can even lead to death. In fact, mistakes in diagnosis are almost two times as likely to result in serious harm or death than other types of medical malpractice. They also account for much higher payments on claims.

Preventing these errors is not an easy task because your health care provider may not report or track the mistakes properly. More attention is required to ensure they are recognized when they occur. However, it may not be easy to pinpoint the cause of your diagnostic error. They are too diverse and much more difficult to spot than other medical or surgical errors. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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