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How do misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose occur?

Going to the doctor when you are sick is one step in getting the treatments you need. In many cases, that is exactly what happens. In other cases, the doctor doesn't make a timely diagnosis or makes an incorrect diagnosis. When that happens, your condition might deteriorate until you need extensive medical care or until treatment is no longer possible. If you have been through that situation, you might want to know how you can prove what happened in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

What happens when a doctor dismisses symptoms?

When you go to the doctor, you are asked about your symptoms. If the doctor doesn't pay attention to those symptoms, your diagnosis might not be accurate. You can't get appropriate treatments for a condition if you don't have an accurate diagnosis. You might even undergo a treatment plan that you didn't need

if your doctor didn't diagnose you correctly.

What is a differential diagnosis and how does it affect my treatment?

A differential diagnosis is a tool doctors use to make a diagnosis. Medical professionals are trained to establish a list of conditions that could cause the symptoms a patient reports. When doing this, the list is made by probability. In the case of a medical malpractice allegation, the key question becomes whether that list is one that a reasonably prudent doctor would have come up with or not. That fact alone makes it difficult to prove a misdiagnosis based a the differential diagnosis.

As you can see, a medical malpractice case has a lot of variables that can affect it. Understanding a variety of medical concepts is vital when you are working toward a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Source: FindLaw, "Failed/Erroneous Diagnosis and Treatment," accessed July 05, 2015

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