When a doctor makes a mistake and diagnoses you with the wrong condition or illness, it may be the basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit. In addition to a misdiagnosis, another related area is known as failure to diagnose. When one of these factors leads to an injury, a disability or even a death, the circumstances may be the basis for a medical malpractice case.
There are many factors that go into a medical malpractice suit based on a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose. If you feel you may have a case in this area, learn more about misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose. Your circumstances may satisfy the grounds necessary to build a medical malpractice lawsuit and seek compensation for an injury, disability, or the death of a family member.
What is misdiagnosis?
When it comes to medical malpractice, people often think of surgical errors as the most common types of malpractice suits. However, a study of more than 350,000 medical malpractice claims found that misdiagnosis is actually the leader when it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits. The study author said health professionals should make more of an effort to track diagnostic errors, because these errors are “underrepresented” in terms of what is given attention by the medical community.
What is failure to diagnose?
Failure to diagnose is when a medical professional fails to properly identify a symptom or illness, and this failure leads to injury, disability or death. If a doctor fails to properly identify a dangerous condition or illness, such as meningitis, the patient can suffer due to lack of proper treatment to intervene on the medical problem. The more time that passes with a failure to diagnose, the higher the risk can become for a patient to suffer irreversible health damage. Clearly, if the condition is a life-threatening one, time is of the essence to help the patient.
Cases like these require the experience of an attorney who works with medical malpractice lawsuits. Showing that a doctor failed to diagnose or issued an incorrect diagnosis is a complicated process that an attorney with a specialization in this area can assist you with.