Failure to Diagnose vs. Delayed Diagnosis

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Both failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis are medical malpractice issues, but their consequences can be very different. While either one can result in serious harm or even death, failure to diagnose is a much more serious issues as it may entirely eliminate any chance of treating the disease.
Difference between Failure to Diagnose and Delayed Diagnosis
A delayed diagnosis of a serious disease such as cancer can result in a poorer prognosis for the patient, and require invasive emergency medical intervention. By contrast, a failure to diagnose cancer will almost certainly result in death. This is the primary difference between these two types of medical negligence.
Failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis share similarities in how they occur. Either of these issues can arise from medical negligence including:

  • Ignoring patient complaints
  • Failing to provide adequate testing
  • Failing to follow-up on testing
  • Failure to communicate test results to all care providers
  • Misinterpreting test results
  • Failing to obtain a patient’s medical history
  • Assuming a problem is benign

Your healthcare provider has a responsibility to provide you with individualized attention. There is a standard of care that all medical professionals are required to follow. When they fail to do so, you have every right to seek justice and be provided with compensation for the subsequent injuries that occur.
If you or a loved one has suffer from medical malpractice in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myer, Florida, please contact the attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free initial consultation today.