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Misdiagnosis can lead to medical malpractice

| Jan 27, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

The human body is a complex machine. With countless systems working together to keep every person alive it can sometimes take doctors some time to determine what ailments their patients may be experiencing. Billings residents have likely been subjected to various lab tests, treatments, and analyses before their doctors have been able to confidently identify their injuries and illnesses.

Working through likely and differential diagnoses is a common practice in medicine. However, when a doctor fails to investigate a patient’s condition, fails to take steps to fully diagnose a patient, or otherwise fails to meet his standard of care with regard to making a medical diagnosis, he may commit medical malpractice. The failure to diagnose a condition or a misdiagnosis may serve as the basis of a medical malpractice claim in the medical error led to additional suffering and loss.

Medical malpractice cases based on misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose a condition are not always straightforward. Because the human body is so complex it can be challenging for an injured patient to show that his doctor’s breach of duty in failing to properly diagnose him led to harm that he would not have otherwise experienced as a result of his condition. Evidence in a medical malpractice can be highly technical and not every patient is confident presenting his case on his own.

Although it is impossible to guarantee the outcome of any legal proceeding individuals who pursue medical malpractice claims against their doctors often choose to do so with personal injury attorneys who include medical malpractice cases in their practice areas. Attorneys who provide medical malpractice representation are good resources for those who wish to pursue their rightful financial damages from the doctors, hospitals, and other medical providers whose negligence caused their harm.

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