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Medical malpractice is essentially the failure of a medical provider (including doctors, pharmacists, radiologists, laboratory technicians and doctors) to use reasonable care in treating a patient. The prescribed standard care that these medical providers owe their patients varies in different jurisdictions. However, the general rule is that they owe their patients the standard of care generally accepted by the medical profession with regard to the same or similar circumstances. Medical malpractice may include the failure of a medical provider to properly perform their duties including the diagnosis of your condition. Misdiagnosis may include the failure to run certain diagnostic tests or failure to diagnose a condition in a timely manner. Such negligence could result in serious injury to you. If you have been injured because of misdiagnosis, you may have a claim against the medical providers who treated you. Statutes of limitation bar the filing of claims after a certain period of time has passed following the negligent act. These laws vary state to state. For more information on misdiagnosis, consult with a qualified attorney.
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