Why can your medical provider not reach a diagnosis?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

The medical community and legal professionals use the term “failure to diagnose” when your provider cannot reach a diagnosis. Sometimes, your Mississippi medical provider’s failure to diagnose may lead to patient harm and potential legal ramifications.

Reasons for a failure to diagnose

A medical provider may fail to diagnose for any of the following reasons:

  • Your symptoms occur commonly in a variety of conditions.
  • You may seek the advice of the wrong type of specialist.
  • You may have multiple conditions, which makes the diagnosis harder to conclude.
  • Your specific condition may not use a single diagnostic procedure or tool.
  • The condition may occur rarely.
  • You may not divulge important information about your eating or drinking habits that could help pinpoint a diagnosis.

Malpractice vs. negligence

If the failure to diagnose resulted in additional injury, you might file a medical negligence or malpractice lawsuit. If you seek to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you must prove that your medical provider intentionally made a mistake while they were aware of the potential negative consequences. On the other hand, negligence occurs when a provider makes a mistake without being aware of the potential harm.

Common results of a failure to diagnose

An accurate diagnosis of your condition allows you to receive proper treatment. If your provider cannot diagnose you, the following may happen:

  • The provider may tell you that your symptoms are not real.
  • Your provider may make up a fake diagnosis.
  • Your provider may prescribe treatment that only makes you feel worse.
  • Your condition may worsen while you wait on a proper diagnosis.

All medical providers are human and may make mistakes. However, if this mistake causes you harm, they have not fulfilled their duty to care for their patient.