Is misdiagnosis always considered medical malpractice?

Not always. Medical malpractice is defined as a deviation from what is considered the basic standards of practice. This means that medical malpractice only occurs when a physician either makes a decision that is notably unreasonable or unusual, leading to a patient’s injury, or makes an egregious mistake that causes undue harm to the patient. Although misdiagnosis is often a form of malpractice, a doctor can be absolved of this mistake in cases where the condition was difficult to diagnose or not readily apparent even to physicians adhering to the basic standards of practice.

If you’ve been injured because of a doctor’s dangerous mistakes, you may be eligible to pursue compensation from that physician. For more information about how to prepare a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut, contact a lawyer from the Law Offices of Paul Levin today at 860.560.7226.