Failure to Diagnose
When we go to the hospital or doctor’s office in Ohio, it is our expectation that our condition will be diagnosed accurately and then treated appropriately. Unfortunately, many individuals in the United States are not properly diagnosed, which can lead to even more serious medical conditions. In the case of a disease like cancer, every second counts and a delayed diagnosis can lead to substantial metastasis. If you were impacted by a medical misdiagnosis, obtain the assistance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
What Constitutes Malpractice When Misdiagnosis is Involved?
Evaluating a patient’s symptoms is not a foolproof system, and doctors are not expected to make every diagnosis correctly. As such, not every case of misdiagnosis constitutes medical malpractice; only misdiagnosis that falls short of the accepted standard of care constitutes medical malpractice. This means that if another medical professional would have been able to recognize the symptoms of a patient’s condition, the misdiagnosis will likely be found to be malpractice. To constitute medical malpractice, there also must be some type of damage as a result of the failure to properly diagnose the patient. Because it is often particularly difficult to establish that a misdiagnosis constituted malpractice, the assistance of a highly experienced attorney is often recommended.
The Causes of Medical Misdiagnosis
There are a number of causes of medical misdiagnosis occurs, but some of the most common include:
- Failure to create an adequate follow-up plan
- Failure to obtain an adequate history of the patient
- Failure to order appropriate diagnostic tests
- Failure to properly examine the patient’s conditions
- Incorrectly interpreting test result
Commonly Misdiagnosed or Undiagnosed Medical Conditions
Some of the conditions that we most often see involving a delayed diagnosis include the following:
Speak with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been improperly diagnosed and are now facing a much more serious condition than you would have otherwise, it is important to obtain the assistance of a skilled attorney. At Kruger & Hodges, we understand just how devastating the results of misdiagnosis can be, and we will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our law office to schedule an initial free case evaluation.