Misdiagnosis and How it Leads to a Personal Injury Case
At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we specialize in medical malpractice claims and want to help you compensate after you have been injured at the hands of a doctor, nurse, or any other healthcare professional due to a medical mistake. There are many medical mistakes that you could fall victim to, such as misdiagnosis. Today we will talk a bit more about misdiagnosis and how it occurs, as well as how you can receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
Types of Misdiagnosis
Sometimes, doctors and other professionals fail to detect the presence of serious diseases in our bodies, which means that we may not receive the treatment we deserve until it is too late. Here are a few of the ways that misdiagnosis claims occur:
Delayed Diagnosis: These types of cases occur when the patient sees a doctor but waits for some time to find out what medical condition they are suffering from. This happens when a medical professional assumes that you are suffering from a benign condition or fails to accurately read the reports that are given to them regarding your condition.
Failure to Order Tests: Perhaps your condition could have been prevented by maintenance from a professional, such as pap smears and mammograms. It could be life-saving, but maybe your doctor didn’t think it was necessary, and now you’re past the early stages.
Patient Without Diseases: Perhaps you were put through painful or expensive treatments like radiation or surgery even though you didn’t suffer from a disease in the first place. This can be made worse when you are suffering from a condition that no doctor has diagnosed, which means you may have missed your chance for treatment.
Loss of Records: Medical records are sometimes lost or misplaced, which means that a patient’s entire medical history and lab results can disappear before their very eyes, meaning misdiagnosis can occur easily.
Disease Missed: If you have vague symptoms associated with your disease, it could be missed on reports. Perhaps your doctor believes you only have a rash, and it ends up being skin cancer. This can be detrimental to a patient.
Proving Your Case
Being able to prove your claim can lead to the compensation that you deserve. If you are attempting to bring a case of misdiagnosis, you must be able to show many elements, such as the fact that you actually had a doctor-patient relationship with the professional, and that they did not execute the standard duty of care in your case. In most cases, you will have to receive an expert opinion on these matters so it can be determined whether or not a doctor was executing this care and living up to their duties as a professional. The expert will be able to show that other professionals in this line of duty would have taken measures to ensure that this mistake never occurred.
Did you know that most of these cases of medical malpractice and misdiagnosis are settled out of court? Most doctors have some type of medical malpractice insurance, and the insurer could offer you a fine agreement for a certain amount of cash to settle your case. You then give up the right to sue, which is why you want to be absolutely sure about your case and whether or not a certain amount works for you.
No matter how you decide to move forward, you want to ensure that you can prove the elements of your case. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we want to help you get the very best results so we can ensure that you are able to pay for certain elements like medical treatment costs, lost income, and more. If you have suffered a medical malpractice injury, call us today at 800-300-0909.