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What are the risks of misdiagnosis?

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

In Illinois, patients like you put your health and lives into the hands of medical professionals every day. Unfortunately, even medical professionals can make mistakes, which is where the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid.

When medical professionals make mistakes, it can be traumatizing or even life-threatening to you. A misdiagnosis can prevent medical professionals from seeing what’s really wrong with you at best, which can lead to issues festering before they’re finally caught and dealt with. At worst, it may result in you undergoing treatment that isn’t necessary, which may have harmful side effects that could have been avoided.

Failure to diagnose occurs when you have an issue that is overlooked by the doctor (or doctors) that you are seeing. For example, if you’re having trouble breathing, you may go to a general practitioner or lung specialist. They may not find anything to be wrong with you, even though you actually have some type of infection. If left unchecked, this infection may cause permanent scarring to the lungs, or could even result in death depending on severity.

These are the kinds of situations that delayed or improper diagnosis can affect in a negative way. While everyone makes mistakes, missing something as crucial as an illness or injury can lead to long-term complications or premature death in some cases. If you believe yourself to be a victim of medical malpractice in the form of negligence, you may wish to look into these cases more. You can do so by visiting our web page, linked above.