Oklahoma Failure to Diagnose – HIV Attorney

Medical providers have an obligation to use reasonable care when diagnosing and treating patients. Failure to do so is called medical malpractice. A large number of medical malpractice suits stem from a delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose a disease like HIV. When a doctor’s failure to diagnose HIV leads to delayed treatment and progression to AIDS, a patient’s prognosis might become much worse. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a misdiagnosis, you may be able to collect compensation for damages – but what constitutes medical malpractice? During a free consultation Bryan & Terrill Law will review your situation and spend time answering all your questions.

What Is a Diagnostic Error?

A true diagnostic error becomes medical malpractice when a doctor commits negligence. It’s important to note that the law does not hold doctors accountable for all diagnostic errors, but only those cases that another doctor, with similar background and training, would have diagnosed correctly. In order to pursue a medical malpractice claim, all the following must apply:

What Makes a Doctor Negligent?

Reasonably skillful and competent doctors make diagnostic errors. Determining whether malpractice occurred involves looking at how the doctor made a “differential diagnosis.” This refers to a method used by doctors to identify the presence of a disease or condition. After a preliminary examination of the patient, the doctor will make a list of possible diagnoses in order of probability. They then delve further into the issue, eliminating possibilities as they progress. Ideally, they will be left with one option at the end of the investigation.

Failure to diagnose HIV requires that the patient prove that a doctor with similar training or experience would, under the same circumstances, have included HIV in the differential diagnosis and come to the conclusion that the patient had the disease.

The Dangers of Delayed HIV Diagnosis

Without proper intervention, HIV advances in stages that get worse over time. HIV takes a toll on the immune system and causes AIDS, which is deadly.

Your Medical Malpractice Attorney

Failure to diagnose HIV can lead to serious and life-threatening consequences. If you or a loved one is struggling with HIV, and think your provider may have failed to diagnose it in a timely fashion, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us for a free initial consultation today.