In Medical Malpractice, What Is “Failure to Diagnose?”

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On average, there are over 14,000 medical malpractice cases across the country each year.

Missouri statute defines “medical malpractice” as a medical provider’s failure to exercise the degree of skill and knowledge that is expected by a similar provider under similar circumstances, which causes or contributes to an injury or the death of a patient.

In medical terms, a diagnosis is defined as the process of making a determination through examination about the nature and conditions of a disease.

Failure to diagnose is a common form of malpractice, since obtaining an accurate diagnosis can literally be the difference between life and death.