When we visit a doctor, we expect to receive a high standard of care. We do not expect doctors to fix all of our problems, but we do expect them to try to find a solution. However, negligence and medical errors can occur, with potentially dangerous consequences. One of the most common medical errors is misdiagnosis.
Misdiagnosis can be dangerous and lead to worsening injury or illness. If a doctor fails to recognize symptoms of a condition, the patient will not receive the care he or she requires. If the patient becomes injured or his or her condition worsens, the patient could hold a doctor liable for medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice refers to an act of medical negligence that leads to injury, illness, or death. Since a doctor owes a duty of care to his or her patients, a patient could file a claim or lawsuit against the doctor to compensate for certain losses.
To establish an incident of medical malpractice, an attorney must prove four conditions.
A court will consider misdiagnosis a form of malpractice if another doctor would have provided you with the correct diagnosis. In addition, your misdiagnosis must have caused you harm. Depending on the condition, misdiagnosis can lead to the worsening of your injury or the development of new issues. In some cases, misdiagnosis can lead to death.
For example, if you went to a doctor for a breast cancer exam and he or she incorrectly diagnosed a lump as benign, the cancer can spread and worsen. When the doctor finally catches the cancer, it can be too late to perform surgery. You may have to receive painful chemotherapy treatments and have a lower chance at survival than if the doctor correctly diagnosed the cancer at the first appointment. If your attorney finds that another doctor could have identified the initial lump as cancer, you may file a medical malpractice claim.
If you receive a harmful misdiagnosis from your doctor, take the following steps to seek assistance.
Hiring an attorney with medical malpractice case knowledge can provide many benefits for your claim.
In most cases, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is low-cost and low-risk. Many personal injury law firms operate on a contingency fee basis. They will take a percentage of your settlement as payment. If you do not receive a settlement, you do not pay legal fees. If you experienced misdiagnosis, contact an attorney to discuss your claim.
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