Advances in modern medicine have helped to increase the human lifespan, ward off disease, and treat conditions that were previously thought fatal. And the foundation of any medical treatment is dependent on a proper and accurate diagnosis. Doctors must order the right tests, the tests must be performed correctly, and the tests must be interpreted correctly. However, it is an unfortunate reality that every time you or a loved one goes to a hospital, you run a serious risk of medical misdiagnosis. Even a delayed diagnosis can result in catastrophic injury and loss.
Doctors and medical providers are required to abide by a standard of care. When this standard of care is deviated due to a misdiagnosis, a failure to diagnose, or a delayed diagnosis, it is the patient that suffers.
We handle Medical Misdiagnosis cases concerning:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Infections and sepsis
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Pulmonary Embolism
There are different kinds of medical misdiagnosis. Most commonly, medical misdiagnosis involves a wrong diagnosis completely. A patient is at the biggest risk in this situation because treatment is directly affected by the medical condition the patient is suffering from. The wrong diagnosis could also involve diagnosing a person with a condition whose symptoms are actually side effects of a medication they are taking.
Medical misdiagnosis can also result from a physician’s failure to identify the specific subtype of a patient’s condition. In cases of minor illness, such as the common cold, identification of a condition’s subtype is not necessary. But in other cases, such as those involving heart problems or diabetes, failure to identify a subtype can be a serious and life-threatening concern. Each patient is unique, so it is important that the doctor understand enough about the patient’s ailment.
Besides a specific subtype, medical misdiagnosis can also involve a failure to identify the underlying cause or secondary condition that a patient may be suffering. This underlying cause might actually be the real cause of the condition that has been diagnosed. A patient’s health can suffer as a result of inappropriate or inadequate treatment in these cases.
In other circumstances, the medical misdiagnosis is related to under-diagnosed or over-diagnosed conditions. This negligence on behalf of the doctor can be extremely dangerous to the well-being of the patient because they are either diagnosed with a condition they do not have or are not diagnosed with a condition they truly have.
A misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis can be disastrous, especially in conditions involving cancer or heart disease. It can lower the quality of a life and can even lead to death. If you or a family member has been injured as a result of a doctor’s failure to properly diagnose a medical condition, contact Zayed Law Offices. We will vigorously pursue your claim through personal injury claims, medical malpractice claims, and wrongful death claims.