One of the most common types of malpractice cases comes out of a doctor or nurse not doing something that they should have done.
Examples of this include:
Failure to render care
Failure to diagnose
Failure to order necessary tests
Failure to report test results
Failure to treat
Infection diagnosis and management
A failure to do something can, and often will, be negligence, because harm to the patient flows from the lack of treatment.
A failure to diagnose or report a suspicious mass on an x-ray may result in cancer going untreated. Failure to order tests after giving a new medication may result in a complication going undiagnosed and untreated for a long period of time.
The most common form of this type of malpractice is the failure to diagnose a condition. When signs and symptoms should lead to certain tests being ordered, and they aren’t, conditions can go undiagnosed with devastating consequences. Or the proper tests can be run, but the doctor fails to appreciate the significance of the test results.
If you believe that a doctor has failed to act, and question whether you may have a malpractice case, contact us to discuss.