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What is the Difference Between “Misdiagnosis” and “Failure to Diagnose”?


What is a misdiagnosis and how I can I protect myself?

A misdiagnosis is when a doctor comes to false conclusions about the causes of a particular ailment. Thousand of injuries and deaths each year are attributable to doctor misdiagnosis. The best way to prevent a misdiagnosis is to be an informed patient and disclose everything to your doctor. If you are unsure, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion and to consult a specialist.


Legally, is there a very big difference between failure to diagnose cancer & misdiagnosis of cancer?

Whether a doctor has failed to diagnose your cancer or has misdiagnosed your cancer, he or she may have committed medical malpractice. Of course, both cases depend on the details. For both, it is necessary to prove that a reasonable doctor should have been able to accurately diagnose your cancer. Failing to make that diagnosis, or misdiagnosing, can be seen as medical negligence.

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