Some of the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
Some mistakes are forgivable. In other cases, a mistake can be irreversible, costing somebody their entire life. There are many types of medical misdiagnoses that occur in emergency and non-emergency settings every day, changing the lives of those involved. Every year, people walk into a doctor’s office or hospital with an endless cough, chest pain, or unexplained lumps, only to find out that they have been misdiagnosed or another type of malpractice strikes. If you are dealing with a serious medical condition and you don’t know it because you have been misdiagnosed, you may have a case later down the line when the truth finally comes to you. Today we will discuss the many types of misdiagnosis and how you can move forward with your case.
Various Types of Misdiagnosis
Delayed Diagnosis: Perhaps there was a delay between your appointments with a doctor and the correct diagnosis. This can happen in cases where the disease was not so obvious or a doctor assumed your disorder and attempted to treat you for it, even though it was an incorrect assumption. When you have received a delayed diagnosis for a possibly life-threatening disorder, it goes to show that a provider did not take necessary steps to send you for follow-up tests even though your symptoms remained. With a delayed diagnosis, a disease has enough time to worsen while you wait for the correct treatment.
Failure to Order Tests: Perhaps there were preventative measures that could have led to a diagnosis, but your doctor refused to send you. This could have been something as simple as a mammogram to detect breast cancer when it runs in your family. If a disease could have been detected in its early stages but you weren’t sent for tests, you could have a case of misdiagnosis.
Healthy Patient: Maybe a doctor thought that you were suffering from a specific medical condition but, as it turns out, you were not suffering from that condition at all. Instead, you were misdiagnosed and put through extensive and painful treatment like radiation or surgery for an issue that was never really an issue. In this amount of time, your actual condition may have actually worsened, which could lead to devastating consequences for a patient.
Improper Treatment: Perhaps you were misdiagnosed and given the wrong treatment. This could include the amputation of the wrong limb, inappropriate administration of chemo or radiation, or errors in your medication.
Improper Test Result Evaluations: Perhaps your physician misread your findings when it came to your tests. Maybe your CT scan showed internal bleeding, but because your physician didn’t pick up on it, you were not diagnosed with a certain amount of time and your condition worsened. When you miss out on the opportunity for treatment, you could suffer for months or years to come.
Underlying Missed Disease: What if you have a condition that comes with very vague symptoms or doctors tend to have a proper understanding of this condition? This means that it could commonly go undiagnosed.
How We Can Help
If you have been misdiagnosed and missed treatment opportunities, your condition could be worsening as your medical bills pile up. We may be able to help you compensate for your case by valuing everything you have missed out on. Perhaps certain medical procedures could have been prevented, or you experienced a wide variety of suffering due to your injuries. We can help you value your claim based on this information and help you move forward after a medical professional has made the mistake of medical malpractice. Call us today at Edelstein Martin & Nelson for more information on how we can help in your malpractice case at (302) 295-5050.