Failure to diagnose relates to when a medical professional fails to correctly diagnose the patient’s condition.
The medical professional can be a General Practitioner or a Hospital doctor or nurse. Failing to diagnose a patient’s medical condition is one of the most common types of medical negligence actions.
Failing to diagnose will result in a delay for the patient in terms of the diagnosis being made and then a delay in the treatment starting; and sometimes the failure to diagnose the correct condition can mean that incorrect treatment is given or no treatment at all.
A failure to diagnose a condition can in some circumstances be very serious and life threatening. It can occur where there is a delay in diagnosing cancer. It can also happen in other circumstances for example:-
• Cauda Equine Syndrome
• Missed fractures
• Pressure sores
• Testicular torsions
The above are examples and there are many more.
Sometimes failing to make a diagnosis can mean that the patient suffers further damage and the illness can become more advanced and more serious.
Here at Wilson Browne, the team have had a great deal of experience in dealing with a number of cases where there has been a failure to diagnose, call us on 0800 088 6004 to see how we can help you.
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