You trust a doctor to do what your condition warrants to treat whatever ails you. This may prove the wrong course of treatment should you have a misdiagnosis.
When a doctor diagnoses you with an illness or condition that turns out incorrect, the impact on your life may prove substantial. Find out more about how a missed or inaccurate diagnosis may wind up endangering you.
How does a misdiagnosis happen?
Doctors troubleshoot your symptoms and have a specific standard by which they should act when arriving at a proper diagnosis. You may need additional testing or to return several times before a doctor arrives at a diagnosis and treatment begins.
When the doctor gets the diagnosis wrong, it may fall back to a few factors. One or more of the tests may have errors or faulty readings by an outside medical professional. The doctor may not have proceeded down the proper path when dealing with your symptoms and, therefore, not performed the proper testing. In some cases, the doctor may fail to diagnose an illness or disease, which results in a delay in treatment, allowing the condition to progress.
What is the outcome of an erroneous diagnosis?
When a doctor does not follow the standard of care to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, your health may suffer. You may not receive the appropriate medication or plan to battle the illness or condition effectively. You may wind up instead getting sicker either due to the wrong medication. The underlying issue may worsen, and your health may deteriorate rapidly.
If a doctor makes an error that impacts your recovery, you may want to speak to someone with experience handling medical malpractice claims. Under the law, you have two years to seek compensation.