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Is it medical malpractice if a doctor does not properly diagnose a medical condition?

It is medical malpractice if a doctor does not properly diagnose a medical condition. Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, is the term used to describe a wrong committed by a doctor or medical professional who caused the bodily harm. Medical malpractice is more than the doctor making a simple mistake, but when that doctor improperly treats a patient. Therefore, when a doctor misdiagnoses a patient, it is a form of medical malpractice and the patient has means to file a lawsuit against the doctor or hospital that did not properly diagnose the medical condition.

In a medical malpractice lawsuit that alleges the misdiagnosis of a patient, the patient must prove that a proper and timely diagnosis would have resulted in a better medical outcome. Expert medical testimony is required to prove that part of the case. The doctor can only be found negligent when the signs and symptoms the patient was experiencing would lead a reasonable doctor to make a properly and timely diagnosis, and with that proper diagnosis, the patient would have received appropriate treatment and avoided additional injury.

If you suspect that a doctor did not properly diagnose a medical condition for your or a family member, you should contact a Michigan medical malpractice lawyer immediately to discuss your case.  There are strict time limitations for filing these types of lawsuits in Michigan so if you wait too long, your case may be lost forever.

Lawrence J. Buckfire
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