Patients visit doctors for treatment, and trust their opinions, because doctors are have years of education, training, and experience. Additionally, medical professionals are obligated to ensure that their patient receive adequate medical care. Doctors regrettably do not always act in a responsible manner and sometimes misdiagnose a patients condition. This is extremely harmful towards a patient for two reasons, as the actual illness or injury will continue to go untreated while the patient is simultaneously given an incorrect, and thus potentially harmful, treatment. While not every misdiagnosis will result in severe injuries, some can even put the patients life at risk. A sick or injured patient who is misdiagnosed by a medical professional is put at risk of injuries that could result in severe physical trauma, additional medical bills, and other losses.
Common Causes of Misdiagnosis
Any course of treatment begins with diagnosing, or identifying, the condition. When that assessment is incorrect, the patient will be subjected to a course of treatment that does not treat their actual condition. In fact, it may even cause their already compromised condition to worsen. Following are several reasons that a doctor may misdiagnose a condition:
- Professional bias many doctors are attracted to their own areas of study and expertise
- Rare or unfamiliar illness doctors who do not have experience with a certain condition may be unprepared to identify it
- Negligence sometimes doctors fail to order tests that would help identify a patients condition
- A misdiagnosis can force a patient into a difficult position of compromised health and financial expense. Victims of misdiagnoses may be able to alleviate the burdens of their losses by taking legal action against the associated medical professional.
Misdiagnoses are particularly dangerous because their condition can deteriorate while the doctor pursues an incorrect course of action. Drugs prescribed for the incorrect ailments can cause the condition to worsen. Additionally, as time passes, the patient’s health suffers from a lack of needed treatment. These issues can add up to the point where a patient could lose his or her life as a result of medical incompetence.
If you are currently suffering due to a doctor’s misdiagnosis, it may be in your best interest to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against that individual. You might want to consider contacting a medical malpractice lawyer, who can advise you of your legal options for pursuing financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and other losses.