We often hear about medical negligence claims stemming from mistakes made during surgery or throughout the course of treatment of a patient. However, many medical malpractice claims stem from the diagnosis of the patient’s condition. Misdiagnosis of a patient’s condition, or failure to diagnose a patient, can lead to improper care and eventually result in medical complications or death. In many cases involving misdiagnosis, a physician may ignore the severity of a patient’s symptoms and send them home without treatment. This delay in treatment may cause the patient additional harm.
Misdiagnosis of a patient is more common than we like to think, with studies showing that 10 to 30 percent of medical cases involve some form of diagnostic error. However, misdiagnosis does not always mean that your physician is liable for malpractice.
In order to file a successful medical malpractice lawsuit against the physician who misdiagnosed you, you will need to show that the misdiagnosis was the result of a physician’s negligence. For example, failing to take you in for an MRI scan or other test, when your symptoms would generally require them to do so, could be a form of negligence. In addition to proving that your doctor failed to meet the requisite standard of care while treating you, you will also have to show that you suffered harm or injury caused by the doctor’s failure to properly diagnose you.
Medical misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose can cause a patient in Beachwood to suffer much more than they would have if they had been properly diagnosed in the first place. A medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your case and give you a realistic picture of what to expect if you decide to go forward with your lawsuit. If you decide to sue the negligent medical professionals responsible for your care, your attorney will present evidence and expert testimony to support your case and help you recover the damages you deserve.