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Understanding misdiagnoses and medical malpractice

On Behalf of | May 18, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Misdiagnosis is a serious issue in Illinois. When a doctor misdiagnoses a patient, it can have life-altering consequences. In some cases, it may even lead to death. If you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice due to a misdiagnosis, there are some steps that you can take.

How misdiagnoses occur

There are a number of ways that misdiagnoses can occur. One of the most common is when a doctor fails to order the appropriate tests. Another way is if the doctor does not properly interpret the test results. Additionally, misdiagnoses can occur when doctors do not listen to their patients or take their symptoms seriously.

The consequences of a misdiagnosis can be severe. If you are misdiagnosed with a serious condition, you may miss out on critical treatment. Additionally, you may have to undergo unnecessary and invasive tests or procedures. In some cases, misdiagnosis can lead to death.

The next steps

The first step that you can take if you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice is to file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. This department may investigate your claim and take appropriate disciplinary action against the doctor if warranted.

You may also want to keep all documentation related to your diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. This can include medical records, test results, and doctor’s notes. This documentation can be important if you decide to file a lawsuit against the doctor or hospital.

Don’t forget to get a second opinion

You should seek a second opinion from another doctor. This will help to confirm or rule out your diagnosis. If you do have a different diagnosis, you may want to consider filing a medical malpractice claim. You will need to show that the doctor was negligent in their diagnosis and that this negligence resulted in harm.

If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation. If your claim goes through, you may be able to recover damages for all your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.