Patients in Providence place a great deal of trust in their healthcare providers. Advances in imaging studies, laboratory science, and other diagnostic services leave many under the impression that a definitive diagnosis is all but certainty any time they present to their doctors with problems. Yet even with these tools, doctors are still often left with having to diagnose patients off of their signs and symptoms. It’s at this point that their advanced education, training, and years of experience come in handy. While no doctor is infallible, the standard of care is that they should be able to properly diagnose the patient or at least refer him or her to another specialty provider who can. A failure to meet this standard may be met with accusations of negligence.
Some may believe it to be unfair to expect doctors to always be correct in diagnosing problems or conditions that they can’t directly see. Yet the devastating potential of a failure to diagnose a condition demands such an expectation. A lawsuit filed against a physicians group as well as against the hospital in which they practiced highlights this point. In it, a woman alleges that the doctor’s failure to properly diagnose her mother’s appendicitis led to the mother dying from it.
For the most part, doctors are typically spot-on with their assessments. But those times when they’re not often leads those who suffer because of it to wonder why. If a doctor’s failure to spot a problem leads to delayed treatment for that issue, the patient and/or his or her representatives may have good cause to initiate legal action. Anyone contemplating such action may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney.
Source: Madison County Record “Touchette Regional blamed for alleged failure to diagnose appendicitis” Mar. 18, 2014