BY: Richard L. Groffsky | IN: Medical Malpractice
The most common type of medical malpractice doesn’t involve a scalpel or a needle. In fact, it can be as simple as a doctor overlooking a symptom, deciding not to conduct a test, or failing to spend enough time talking to a patient. While misdiagnosis, which literally affects millions of patients worldwide each year, may not be as dramatic as wrong side surgery or a medication error, it can have catastrophic and even deadly results.
Misdiagnosis may be the result of the following errors:
How Misdiagnosis Harms Patients
Although misdiagnosis may not immediately cause an injury to a patient, this medical mistake can have extremely serious and long-term consequences. If the patient had a heart attack, for example, but was misdiagnosed with heartburn, he or she could suffer another more serious heart attack due to a lack of treatment. Or someone with undiagnosed breast cancer may miss the opportunity to stop the cancer from spreading to other parts of her body.
Similarly, a misdiagnosed patient may be harmed by his or her treatment for a disease they do not have. Some cancer treatments, for example, can be extremely toxic and have long-term health affects. Many medications that help those with certain ailments can harm those who are otherwise healthy.
Your Possible Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice Claim
Misdiagnosis claims may be harder to prove than some surgical mistakes or medication errors, but in many cases there is solid medical evidence that a mistake occurred and that negligence was involved. The best way to learn about your own possible misdiagnosis and potential legal claim is to speak to an experienced attorney, like the attorneys in Sommers Schwartz Medical Malpractice Litigation Group. The law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit, so contact us today!
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Richard Groffsky focuses his practice on medical malpractice and personal injury litigation, and has represented victims of devastating brain injuries and birth injuries in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, and Georgia in significant brain injury and birth injury cases.