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Medical Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose

When people come down with an illness or other medical condition that they cannot explain, they usually rely on a doctor or other medical professional to examine or diagnose the problem. In many cases, a doctor will be able to evaluate the cause of the condition, or will refer the patient to another medical professional or specialist who can successfully diagnose the problem.

Unfortunately, there are numerous incidents every year where a medical professional fails to diagnose a patient, but also fails to refer the patient to another medical professional or specialist who could diagnose the problem. In cases like this, the patient is left to suffer the effects of their medical condition due to the doctor’s failure to diagnose his or her problem.

The Dangers of Failure to Diagnose

A doctor who has failed to diagnose a patient could be found guilty of “failure to diagnose”, a common charge in medical malpractice lawsuits. In fact, approximately 40% of all medical malpractice cases are “failure to diagnose” lawsuits.

This particular example of medical malpractice is extremely dangerous and damaging to the patient because it forces a person suffering from a medical condition to continue to deteriorate without treatment.

This is especially serious for individuals suffering form a condition that is time sensitive in nature. A person suffering from a time-sensitive illness will continue to worsen as they go undiagnosed, and there is a considerable risk that by the time the condition is finally diagnosed it may have progressed to the point that it is no longer treatable.

Contact a Minnesota Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you or someone you know has suffered from a doctor’s failure to diagnose a medical condition, contact the Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer of TSR Injury Law today at 612-TSR-TIME to secure the legal representation that you deserve or submit our contact form.

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