The Dangers of Misdiagnosis
The medical field is an intricately designed process that seeks to weed out and treat injuries, conditions and diseases of people in need. The process involves different steps, each being essential to the overall effectiveness of the whole and the health of the patient. That means that a mistake, even an insignificant one, in the beginning can jeopardize the outcome of the treatment process. When a patient seeks out assistance for a medical issue, one of the first things that must be done is to determine the condition or status of the patient. This is known as diagnosis and as important as diagnosis is to the medical process, misdiagnoses is the most commonly claimed complaint in medical malpractice cases.
You rely on your healthcare provider to properly diagnose and treat all of your medical conditions. Failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of a condition can lead to further complications as well as unnecessary suffering resulting from the original condition not properly being treated. In some cases, the possibility of death can be very real, and individuals who are misdiagnosed may die before the actual ailment ever gets treated. If you have been misdiagnosed, then you deserve to receive compensation! Call a Baltimore medical malpractice attorney from The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, LLC to get the representation you need to fight your charges!
Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions include:
An improper diagnosis of cancer means that the cancerous site or cells have an opportunity to multiply without ever being treated. Cancerous cells may continue to expand while the misdiagnosed condition is being treated.
Infections can cause serious problems if left untreated. The longer bacteria are allowed to build up in the system, the higher the risk for disease and spreading of the infection.
Each year, influenza, or the flu, infects thousands of people. While some doctors treat flu-like symptoms immediately, others may brush it off as a common cold. A misdiagnosis of the flu can lead to death in some patients.
Viruses can be treated with proper medication, but if the symptoms they are causing are treated without a doctor properly addressing the underlying virus that is causing the symptoms, then patients may continue to suffer.
Find Out If Your Misdiagnosis Was Caused by Malpractice and Take Legal Action!
As unfortunate as every case is, not all cases of misdiagnosis are necessarily linked to medical malpractice. The key to an effective claim is to determine the cause of the injury being claimed and compiling evidence to corroborate that cause. The field of medicine does not claim to be a definitive science, meaning there is always a slight margin of error implied when a patient seeks treatment. However, when the misdiagnosis could have been prevented by the use of reasonable care, the doctor or nurse may be responsible for medical malpractice. Furthermore, when misdiagnosis of a condition occurs because of a defect or malfunction in the diagnostic equipment, legal action may also be taken against the company responsible for the medical equipment.
A misdiagnosis is bad for everyone. Doctors may face medical malpractice lawsuits and patients will suffer needlessly because of the failed or incorrect treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a doctor or hospital staff member’s negligence, then you need to contact a Baltimore misdiagnosis attorney at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, LLC immediately. We will aggressively fight to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve and bring justice to the wrongdoer. Contact our team today to schedule a free case evaluation.