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Failure to Diagnose: In Brief

In medical malpractice lawsuits, the focus is often on an action that a doctor, nurse, or surgeon failed to do correctly. From an unintentional incision to over administering medications, malpractice is often focused on things that a medical professional did wrong. Sometimes, however, the malpractice is not about what the doctor did, but what they didn’t do. For example, sometimes, the malpractice is failure to diagnose.

Failure to diagnose includes failing to diagnose a medical condition and misdiagnosing a patient’s condition. While medical practitioners are allowed to make reasonable mistakes and are not expected to be all-knowing, when a medical professional’s misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose directly results in harm befalling a patient, and that doctor did not act as a reasonable professional would have, then the doctor may have committed malpractice.

Failure to diagnose can be a difficult claim to bring. These types of malpractice lawsuits can often become a battle of the experts where the most persuasive expert witness will be the deciding factor. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can find experts to support their case and know how to paint the opposing witness less reliable. 

What you need to succeed in your medical malpractice lawsuit is an experienced, competent medical malpractice attorney. The best way to find an expert medical malpractice attorney in your area is with Attorney at Law.

At AAL, our nationwide network of attorneys and law firms can match you with a local attorney who has the experience and resources necessary to pursue your malpractice case to its fullest extent. Our partners focus on the client experience and treat your case with the urgency it needs. Additionally, our partners work on contingency for all personal injury cases. That means if you don’t win, you don’t pay.

Don’t wait. Contact AAL today for a free, no obligation consultation and begin your journey to better health.  

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