A lot of collected data and studies reveal that a large number of all the medical malpractice lawsuits are usually from misdiagnosis and/or delayed diagnosis of an illness, medical condition, or injury. The chances of a patient’s condition becoming a lot worse due to a diagnostic error are usually very high. In severe cases, the patients may even die.
And that is why this issue should be resolved as promptly as possible. Medical diagnostic errors can result in incorrect, delayed, or no treatment for the patient’s medical condition or injury.
But then again, it is also important to note that a mistake that occurs from a medical misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis may not, by itself, be able to sustain a medical malpractice case. It is for that reason that you need to be vigilant whenever a medical practitioner is handling your condition. As if you fall victim of a medical malpractice, you will need to provide strong evidence that supports your case.
This article will highlight six diagnostic errors that occur which result in medical malpractice events.
1. Wrong diagnosis
Also, misdiagnosis. In such a case, the medical practitioner handling your case picks the wrong medical condition or illness. Take, for example, a situation where a doctor diagnoses his/her patient as having a heart attack when in the real sense, the patient is only suffering from a gastric problem. In some situations, the misdiagnosis may even be worse and sometimes even causing the patient to lose his/her life is not detected and corrected early. Maybe even a doctor who misdiagnoses a patient as having cancer when, in fact, the patient is cancer-free.
2. Delayed diagnosis
In this situation, the doctor will have made the correct diagnosis. Only that he/she will have significantly delayed with the diagnosis. It’s not wrong to want to be thorough with your work especially when it comes to matters of human life. But sometimes the situation might be direr and call upon you to try and rush things up a little bit.
3. Missed diagnosis
In this instance, you may find that the medical practitioner diagnoses a patient then determines that the patient is disease-free or healthy. But the reality is that the patient is suffering from a disease or illness which may even be deadly. This is what a missed diagnosis is, and if not realized soon, the patient’s medical condition can keep on deteriorating.
4. Failure to recognize complications
There are instances where the doctor indeed manages to make the right diagnosis of his/her patient. But then the issue arises when the said doctor fails to identify the factors or complications that can change or aggravate the condition or illness further.
5. Failure to diagnose another related disease
In such an instance, the doctor may correctly diagnose one disease and offer the proper medication for it, but fail to diagnose another related disease to the first one. A related disease is that disease that usually goes hand-in-hand with the first condition.
6. Failure to diagnose another unrelated disease
There are instances where a doctor correctly manages to diagnose disease but then fails to diagnose another completely different and unrelated second disease altogether. This, in turn, can end up leaving the patient only half attended to.