In South Carolina hospitals, doctors and other medical staff are highly trained professionals who have years of training in diagnosing and treating patients. Yet mistakes happen, and patients offer suffer due to it. When a worsened medical condition results from a doctor’s negligence, it is considered medical malpractice. Erroneous diagnosis and treatment fall into this category.
Erroneous diagnosis typically falls into two categories: failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis. These two terms are relatively self-explanatory, but there are some caveats to consider. Failure to diagnose can mean not identifying the problem at all, or diagnosing it after damage has happened that would not have occurred if a diagnosis had been reached in a timely manner.