The dangers of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are more widespread than many people realize. Nearly 12 million people in the United States are impacted by diagnostic errors every year. Misdiagnosis takes many forms and occurs when doctors and other medical professionals:
- Fail to order necessary tests
- Misread X-rays, MRIs and other diagnostic tests
- Fail to follow up on warning signs of serious medical conditions
- Fail to communicate clearly from one department to the other
- Attribute symptoms to a less serious condition
Physicians are not the only people in the medical field who commit diagnostic errors. Many professionals, from nurses to radiology technicians, can contribute to a dangerous delayed or failed diagnosis.
How serious was this mistake?
People in every profession make mistakes and the medical field is no exception. In handling a medical malpractice claim alleging misdiagnosis, the question we must consider is whether the misdiagnosis was the result of conduct that falls below an accepted professional standard. Only after thoroughly investigating the circumstances of the mistake and consulting with experts in the medical field can we begin to determine to what degree the professional in question is legally responsible for the patient’s suffering.
How has this impacted you?
The other issue victims must consider is how instances of misdiagnosis have impacted their lives. In some cases, mistakes may lead to a delay in treatment but no significant harm to the patient. When the consequences are more severe, such as a delayed diagnosis of cancer or heart disease that results in a serious medical setback, victims deserve compensation for the losses they have suffered.
If you or someone close to you has suffered due to misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or any other form of medical negligence, consult with an experienced attorney who can help you pursue fair and just compensation for your losses.