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Diagnostic Errors

Misdiagnosis & Failure to Diagnose

Diagnostic errors contribute to approximately 160,000 patient injuries and deaths every year. Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose often result from a doctor's failure to abide by standardized diagnostic procedures and screening guides. There are many reasons why a physician might deviate from these standardized procedures. They may have made a diagnosis before evaluating preexisting medical conditions, they may have made a diagnosis based solely on prior similar cases they have dealt with or they may have made a diagnosis simply because one condition was more common than another. Whatever the case, diagnostic errors can be deadly. If you or a loved one is a victim, a San Diego medical malpractice attorney from our firm can fight for you.

The two major types of diagnostic errors are failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis. Failure to diagnose describes an event in which a doctor issues no diagnosis at all. They may give their patient a clean bill of health, but the patient actually is suffering from a dangerous medical condition. Misdiagnosis describes a doctor issuing a diagnosis, but one that is incorrect. Without a proper diagnosis, a patient can be left without the necessary treatment to overcome that illness or injury. In a Harvard Medical Practice Study, diagnostic error accounted for 17 percent of all preventable injuries among patients who had been admitted to a hospital. Diagnostic errors may be the most common cause type of medical malpractice, but they are not excusable.

Call a San Diego Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or someone you love suffered an injury or worsened illness as a result of a diagnostic error. Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnosis commonly result from physician carelessness and oversight. Bostwick & Peterson, LLP has been advocating for the rights of victims like you for over 60 years.

To learn if you have a case, please do not hesitate to contact our team of San Diego medical malpractice lawyers today.

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