When you visit your doctor, you expect that they will use their knowledge and training to examine and diagnose your symptoms appropriately. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Failure to diagnose an illness, injury, or medical condition accounts for a large number of medical malpractice claims each year.
Nearly 40% of medical malpractice claims are related to incorrect or delayed diagnoses. When a doctor fails to recognize an illness or injury and treats their patient improperly, the patient can experience lifelong disabilities or injuries, or even death. Doctors are required to provide patients with the standard of care mandated by their profession, and they can be held accountable if they depart from those standards.
If you or a loved one have experienced a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, it is crucial that you contact an experienced misdiagnosis lawyer to learn more about your rights. You may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact an experienced misdiagnosis lawyer right away.
Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor examines their patient but fails to reach the correct conclusion about their underlying medical condition even if the patient shows symptoms. A misdiagnosis can include a doctor’s failure to diagnose a sick patient with anything; the doctor assures the patient that they are healthy when in reality, they are suffering from a medical condition- increasing the likelihood of complications, needless suffering, and mortality.
Misdiagnosis also involves situations in which a doctor diagnoses a patient with the wrong illness or fails to recognize issues of an existing diagnosis.
Delayed diagnoses, on the other hand, occur when a doctor ultimately makes the correct diagnosis, but not within an appropriate time frame. For example, if a doctor reviews a patient’s mammogram, and concludes that the patient is cancer-free when the mammogram shows otherwise, then he or she catches the mistake at the patient’s next visit.
Depending on the length of the delay, the patient could be diagnosed with a higher stage of breast cancer than if the doctor caught it at the appropriate time, and their treatment could be more invasive and less effective. This delay by the doctor could cause cancer to spread to other areas of the body, forcing the patient to undergo more painful and rigorous treatment options.