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How Misdiagnosis Can Lead to a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

How misdiagnosis can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit

As a conscious patient, you probably attempt to be proactive about your medical care. However, you seek out medical assistance because you know doctors receive training in the diagnosis and treatment of complex conditions. When your trust in your doctor is misplaced, you can consult medical malpractice lawyers about a misdiagnosis lawsuit or learn about other legal options you possess.

What Are Different Kinds of Diagnosis Errors?

Incorrect diagnosis is unfortunately a consistent theme in U.S. medical care. Doctors use differential reasoning to narrow in on the potential cause of your symptoms, eliminating causes along the way. Even if your symptoms may indicate one of several conditions, your doctor should have the capacity to find out the true cause of your ill health.

  • Wrong diagnosis: This can lead to unnecessary medical treatment that causes you more harm than healing.
  • Delayed diagnosis: This can lead to no medical intervention while your disease progresses. In the case of a condition like cancer, allowing the disease to spread makes intervention less effective and increases the possibility of recurrence.
  • Missed diagnosis: This can lead to you receiving no medical treatment when you actually have a treatable condition.

How Do I Prove Medical Malpractice?

It is not enough to show that your doctor made a mistake. The law holds physicians to a legal standard of competency. That means that your doctor had to meet the standard of care of a competent physician in the same circumstances. If your doctor failed to meet that standard, you may wish to explore a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Was My Doctor Negligent?

There are many factors that may demonstrate that your doctor did not meet the standard of care. Your physician may have been taken your whole health into account, but declined to order important tests that would have shed more light on your condition. During a differential analysis, your doctor may have missed a known and important disease. Testing errors may have delayed diagnosis of your condition even further.

Even if your doctor made a mistake, a wrong diagnosis lawsuit is still a challenge. You must also prove your physician’s error caused you harm, which requires the assistance of a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer willing to look in detail at your medical history.

In Cleveland, the medical misdiagnosis team at FDS Law can work with you to find out what happened with your treatment and provide options for legal action. We offer a no fee if no recovery policy, so you can feel safe to call us to discuss your case with no obligation.

Last modified on July 29, 2017. Published by Friedman, Domiano & Smith Co., L.P.A.

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