Failure to Diagnose

Misdiagnosis in Medical Malpractice-Finkelstein & Partners, LLP

What is "Failure to Diagnose"?

Failure to diagnose or misdiagnose is the failure of a physician to identify and appropriately treat a medical condition, either by not identifying a problem or by misidentifying a problem as something it is not. Failure to diagnose is the most common medical malpractice claim.

Why Does Failure to Diagnose Occur?

There are several reasons why failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis occur:

  • There could have been improper conducting of a physical exam
  • Failure to perform regular screenings
  • Failure to recognize patients indications of a problem
  • Failure to order appropriate testing
  • Misinterpretation of test results by the physician
  • Misdiagnosis of a tumor that is benign
  • Failure to provide adequate follow-up care with the patient
  • Delays when referring the patient to a specialist

What are the Most Common Conditions Physicians Most Often Misdiagnose or Fail to Diagnose?

Physician commonly fail to diagnose or misdiagnose a handful of medical malpractice claims including:

  • Cancer
  • Allergic reactions
  • Diabetic reactions
  • Meningitis
  • Stroke
  • Lyme disease
  • Parasitic infections
  • Periodontal disease

Why Do I Need an Attorney if I have been Misdiagnosed or My Doctor Failed to Diagnose Me?

We're here to help you through this difficult time if your life. Medical malpractice cases involving misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose are complex and difficult to prove because the patient has to prove the problem could and should have been diagnosed by a physician. There are many variables involved, and we want to make it a little easier for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys are here to help.


Other medical errors include giving Improper or Incorrect Xrays.