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Failure to Diagnose

A doctor's failure to diagnose an illness or injury may constitute medical malpractice when negligence or wrongdoing was the cause. For example, a doctor may be overworked and may not completely review the chart of a patient who has come in complaining of chest pains. Ignoring what were actually signs of a heart attack, the doctor may discharge the patient and prescribe an antacid rather than take immediate action to save the patient's life. In this and similar situations, the patient may suffer serious injury or may even lose his or her life, and this would all stem from the doctor's failure to diagnose the condition.

Contacting a San Francisco medical malpractice attorney is an important step to take if you or someone you know has suffered as the result of a doctor's failure to diagnose a medical condition. During a free consultation with a lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group, you can find out more about your legal rights in this matter as well as what our firm can do to help.

More about Diagnosis and a Doctor's Failure to Diagnose

Diagnosis is one of the most important areas of practice in the field of medicine. Without knowing exactly what is wrong with a patient, a doctor will not be able to carry out the proper course of treatment. However, there are countless different types of illnesses, injuries and diseases. When some symptoms are the same from one illness to the next, it can be difficult to determine exactly what is going on with a patient. Some doctors may be inexperienced, may assign symptoms to a common illness, or may fail to perform additional tests in order to find out what is actually wrong with a patient. In these situations, the diagnosis is never made and the patient suffers as a result.

Make sure your rights are protected as you seek justice after a failure to diagnose caused you or a loved one injury. Contact a San Francisco medical malpractice lawyer at our law firm today.