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Failure to Diagnose or Treat

The failure to diagnose or treat a serious medical condition can cause a treatable condition to worsen to the point that a patient suffers a catastrophic injury or death.  


Common diagnostic errors include: 


  • Failure to consider and rule in or rule out serious medical conditions or diseases


  • Failure to order appropriate tests to rule in or rule out serious medical conditions or diseases


  • Failure to review and advise patient of concerning lab results or imaging studies


  • Failure to interpret imaging studies correctly


  • Failure to consider alternative diagnoses while continuing to treat symptoms as condition or disease worsens


  • Failure to determine cause of post-surgical issues, including fever, increased heart rate, falling blood pressure, and/or lack of urine output


  • Failure of nursing staff to notify physician of decline in patient's condition, includiing changes in vital signs, urine output, and mental status


Failure to treat cases include the following circumstances:


  • Failure to order appropriate treatment for condition or disease


  • Failure of nursing or other hospital staff to comply with doctor's orders for treatment


  • Failure of hospital to assure system controls to assure patient receives timely and proper treatment


If you or a family member have suffered a catastrophic injury or loss due to medical malpractice, contact Bill Maddix, your Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer, for a free consultation.




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