Frequently, people enter doctors’ offices and hospitals with no idea of what condition they have. Patients usually describe their symptoms and rely on tests and the expertise of doctors to diagnose their condition.
Unfortunately, a doctor may not provide the insight that patients expect. If a doctor is negligent or if a test is incorrect, a patient’s condition can be misdiagnosed. Misdiagnoses are dangerous and can leave a patient with additional illness and injury.
The Washington, D.C. misdiagnosis attorneys of LawMD can help you if you sustained an illness or injury caused by a misdiagnosis.
Misdiagnosis is a medical error that involves incorrectly identifying and treating a patient’s condition. This can happen for many different reasons: Doctor negligence is often to blame, but errors committed by other parties can lead to an inaccurate diagnosis as well. When a patient’s condition is misdiagnosed, the doctor may administer incorrect treatment and cause further damage to the patient’s health.
When a doctor misdiagnoses a patient’s medical condition, it is not a mistake that can be quickly corrected. A misdiagnosis error may not be noticed right away, and sadly, a patient can suffer from additional illness or injuries as a result of a misdiagnosis.
Misdiagnosis is a double-edged sword: Not only do patients not receive the proper care for the condition they do have, but they can suffer from additional injury due to the progression of their untreated condition, and potentially the side effects of unnecessary medication or therapies as well. The longer a patient is not correctly diagnosed, the more damaging that resulting injuries can be.
A misdiagnosis can result from negligence by doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, and other parties. A doctor may fail to correctly diagnose a patient because they are not familiar with their condition, or because their negligence causes them to miss certain signs of the condition. A doctor can also incorrectly interpret test results, leading to misdiagnosis. These errors can be caused by the individual negligence of hospital staff, or because their employers do not provide the training and equipment necessary to correctly diagnose patients.
A misdiagnosis can be the result of third-party negligence as well. Doctors and nurses often rely on testing devices to accurately diagnose patients. If these devices are defective, a patient could be misdiagnosed — without the knowledge of the doctor. In some cases, a patient’s blood or other samples may be shipped to a testing company for diagnosis. Errors committed by a testing company can lead to misdiagnosis, and the doctor may never realize until it is too late.
Our Washington, D.C. misdiagnosis lawyers can evaluate the details of your case to determine who is liable for your injuries.
The results of a misdiagnosis may include severe injury and the associated financial and emotional effects of such injuries. The damage that can stem for an inaccurate diagnosis can be extensive, and these errors should not go unaddressed.
LawMD is committed to ensuring that medical professionals are held accountable for their negligence. As medical professionals ourselves, we have an insight into these cases that most law firms do not. Contact us today to learn more about getting our experience on your side.