Study shows failure to diagnose is common among docs

Free Consultation713-781-5200

  • SuperLawyers General
  • MMDAF logo
  • Million dollar advocates badge 1 1
  • abota bdg
  • 233 2331196 top 40 under national trial lawyers top 100
  • logo av
  • whos who
Legally reviewed by:
Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
February 20, 2024

Readers in Houston, Texas, who are planning on visiting the doctor’s office in the near future should be a aware of a new study conducted by the Journal of the American medical Association Internal Medicine. According to the study, among primary care doctors, failure to recognize and identify serious conditions is a common occurrence.
Some of the serious conditions the research listed were pneumonia, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections and more. As a result, these errors can severely harm patients.
The study was particularly interesting because it was one of the first to look at medical errors in primary care. Often, doctors in their office practices performed mistakes that could have avoided serious emergencies that occurred days after the patients left their offices. Many of the errors were due to the failure to take accurate medical histories, as well as failing to properly examine the patients.
Cases like these are not uncommon in Texas. They can cause a considerable amount of harm to patients and their families. In severe cases, when a person dies or is harmed as a result of a failure to diagnose by a negligent physician, financial compensation for medical malpractice is available under the law. Surviving patients, or families of the deceased, can file a lawsuit against a physician or hospital to obtain compensation for damages sustained as a result of a failure to diagnose or other negligence in a patient’s care and treatment.
If at all possible, patients should do their very best in making sure the doctor they go to is well-respected and highly skilled. However, in some cases, such as unexpected accidents, it is not always possible to investigate a physician’s background. In those cases it is especially important for patients to know that when they are harmed due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose, they can be entitled to compensation for the damages they suffered as a result.
Source: The Post-Standard, “Study shows docs often fail to detect pneumonia and other serious conditions during exams,” James T. Mulder, Feb. 26, 2013.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

February 20 2024

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

✓ Fact Checked