Medical Malpractice Dictionary: Delayed diagnosis


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Delayed diagnosis: Late or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition (in medical malpractice)

Delayed diagnosis: Delayed diagnosis refers to when there is a time delay between a patient seeing a doctor and the correct diagnosis of the condition. Delayed diagnosis, failure to diagnose, and other types of misdiagnosis are common causes of medical malpractice lawsuits; see misdiagnosis and medical malpractice.

Related Medical Malpractice Statistics

  • Medical malpractice statistics for misdiagnosis and other diagnostic errors:
    • Majority of malpractice cases involve misdiagnoses, diagnostic errors or delayed diagnosis (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
    • 51.7% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits in a study involved misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)
    • 1.7% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits in a study involved delayed diagnosis (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)
    • 20% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits in a study involved failure to diagnose with no diagnosis (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)
    • 30% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits in a study involved misdiagnosis (wrong diagnosis) (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)
    • 30% of the dollars for ER medical malpractice lawsuits involve heart attack (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)

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