A wrong diagnosis occurs when a health care professional fails to give an accurate diagnosis — specifically by diagnosing a patient with the wrong disease, an absent disease, or as healthy when there actually is a disease. Unfortunately, cases of wrong diagnoses are relatively common, responsible for 80,000 deaths annually and accounting for 20 to 40 percent of all doctor mistakes .
If you or a loved one is the victim of a wrong diagnosis, it is wise to speak with a qualified medical malpractice attorney to learn more about your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a caring and experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases
Some ailments have similar symptoms, some symptoms obscure others, and some diseases are difficult to detect. For these reasons, some medical conditions tend to be misdiagnosed more often than others. Some of the more commonly misdiagnosed diseases are:
- Cancer, particularly breast, prostate, ovarian, and lung
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Bacterial meningitis
Despite the difficulty in diagnosing certain conditions, doctors can prevent a wrong diagnosis by exercising due care and diligence during the diagnostic process.
Wrong Diagnosis: The Consequences
Unfortunately, most of the diseases that get misdiagnosed are quite serious and thus a wrong diagnosis could have severe consequences. For instance, a wrong diagnosis can result in the administration of the wrong type of medication, which could be fatal.
If a life-threatening illness goes undetected because of a wrong diagnosis, a patient could potentially die. One major research study found that missed or wrong diagnosis was the cause of death in 35 to 40 percent of the autopsy cases evaluated.
However, the consequences of a wrong diagnosis are not just physical. The damages can also be emotional and financial. Fortunately, victims of wrong diagnosis and other types of malpractice have a legal right to recover their damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and earning capacity, and more.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a wrong diagnosis, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses and suffering . Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a caring and competent medical malpractice lawyer who can answer all your questions, evaluate your claim, and help you get the justice you deserve.
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