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Doctor Misdiagnosis

A doctor does not have to be the greatest doctor to practice. Instead, they must at least be competent enough to not endanger a person’s life or health due to negligence. As a result, doctors must meet minimum levels of diagnostic skill. This means that a doctor must have the ability to recognize the symptoms of various conditions and know what they mean.

It is important to note that not every condition is easy to diagnose. There are many illnesses out there that present with similar symptoms and some conditions. When this happens, the doctor may have to take additional steps so as to get to the correct diagnosis. The medical industry decides what precautions medical professionals are required to take so as to avoid such misdiagnoses.

Doctor Misdiagnosis

Even with such precautions every year, there are many cases of malpractice through doctor misdiagnosis. The following factors may rise to misdiagnosis malpractice:

  • What the condition is/was
  • What the medical field standard is for detecting the condition
  • If the doctor took all the necessary steps to properly identify the condition and still failed to detect it
  • Should the doctor have reasonably suspected that the condition could be causing the symptoms?
  • Did the doctor conduct enough and correct tests as required by the standards of the medical field to detect the condition?
  • Did the doctor analyze the data of these tests with a degree of competency that meets the minimum standards?

Medical malpractice cases hinge on the doctor’s incompetence or on the resulting injury or both. Therefore, just because the doctor missed a diagnosis does not necessarily mean that the patient suffered an injury. If the missed diagnosis did not result in any of the following, it is not worth a legal battle:

  • Aggravation of the condition
  • Unnecessary medical costs or
  • Other losses
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