Orlando, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com) — Florida failure to diagnose is a form of medical malpractice committed by a medical doctor that has the potential to cause serious and irreparable harm to the patient and can even result in death. Specifically, a failure to diagnose episode happens when a doctor does not provide the patient with the medical care and assistance that is needed because the doctor did not identify a patient’s current medical condition. It may make consumers of medical care uneasy to know that missed diagnosis is one of the most common types of medical malpractice that results in death. About seven out of ten Florida failure to diagnose cases are preventable.
The failure to diagnose a medical condition includes misdiagnosis, which is when a doctor incorrectly interprets the patient’s symptoms and mistakes these signs as evidence of an entirely different condition. In addition, improper monitoring is another form of failure to diagnose and is frequently the result of a lack of sufficient medical supervision and oversight.
The failure to diagnose a medical condition can lead to delayed treatment. Such treatment may have been able to mitigate the effects of the injury or condition or even eliminate it entirely. Many Florida failure to diagnose lawsuits involve cases of cancer, heart conditions, appendicitis, meningitis, fractures, infections, fetal distress, aneurysms, ulcers, kidney disease, and auto-immune disease. The malpractice is committed when the doctor fails to diagnose any medical condition that an otherwise prudent and competent doctor would have diagnosed under like or similar circumstances.
Unsurprisingly, doctors cannot treat what they do not diagnose. Injuries and conditions left untreated will likely worsen with time. Furthermore, many injuries and conditions that do not receive the requisite medical attention can cause new complications wholly independent of the patient’s original condition. Serious and potentially fatal injuries can develop when a doctor fails to or incorrectly diagnoses a patient’s condition. For example, brain injuries, loss of limb, loss of organ, loss of eyesight and hearing, paralysis, and even death are not uncommon occurrences due to a doctor’s failure to prudently diagnose a patient’s injury. Of course, the failure to diagnose complications during a woman’s pregnancy or fetal distress can lead to a variety of catastrophic injuries to both mother and infant.
If you have sustained an injury or loss due to misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, failure to adequately monitor, or a delay in medical care, contact a medical malpractice lawyer at Rue & Ziffra, P.A., so that we may be able to help you maximize your interests.
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