Injuries from Failure to Diagnose


What is considered failure to diagnose?

Failure to diagnose is a term known in the medical and legal communities representing the failure of a medical provider to detect a condition before serious or fatal consequences develop. When the failure to diagnose is negligent on the part of the medical provider, that is if the provider using a reasonable standard of care should have detected the problem sooner, a medical malpractice claim might be appropriate.

Failure to diagnose cancer is one of the most common diagnosis-related claims. When many forms of cancer are not diagnosed on time or are misdiagnosed, the chances of the patient to recover are greatly reduced. Failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis may also be considered medical malpractice and is a common claim against pediatricians and emergency room doctors in bacterial meningitis cases.

The number of failure to diagnose claims is consistently rising, and often compensation for this type of claim is very high because the injuries are so significant. These cases are generally traumatic for all involved, the patient as well as the family members who have to try to deal with a future that might have been quite different if only a cancer or another medical condition were diagnosed in time.

What should I do if I am suffering from failure to diagnose?

At Owens, McCrea & Linscott, our medical malpractice lawyers understand the difficulties associated with a failure to diagnose case, and we would like to help. Please contact our lawyers to discuss your situation if you have been a victim of a failure to diagnose a serious disease in Idaho or Washington.

If you or a family member may have been the victim of a hospital's negligence in Idaho or Washington, please contact our attorneys as soon as possible.