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When patients visit hospitals, they expect to receive quality, necessary medical treatment to help ensure their health care needs are met. Sadly, some doctors and nurses do not properly diagnose patients in time to prevent medical episodes from developing into catastrophic situations.
If a patient suffers harm because a health care provider failed to make a timely diagnosis to treat a medical condition, the victim has the legal right to file a delayed diagnosis medical malpractice lawsuit. Claims can help to recover damages for hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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How do I prove a delayed diagnosis is medical malpractice?
Like many other medical negligence lawsuits, delayed diagnosis claims are complex pieces of litigation requiring skill and experience to properly prosecute. While every claim is different, there are certain elements courts expect plaintiffs to prove in order for the lawsuit to succeed:
- The victim and physician had a doctor-patient relationship
- The doctor breached the standard of care by not diagnosing the patient’s condition sooner
- The patient suffered harm as a result of the delayed diagnosis
Establishing a doctor-patient relationship is a relatively simple part of handing a medical malpractice claim since clear records often provide easy evidence the patient sought treatment from a physician. Proving the doctor committed negligence and the patient suffered greater harm than necessary are often the two most difficult aspects of the lawsuit.