One of the most common ways that doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other
medical providers harm their patients is though misdiagnosing or delaying
the diagnosis of a medical condition that results in a delay or lack of
necessary treatment. While not every misdiagnosis is enough to warrant
a medical malpractice lawsuit, there are numerous times that the failure
to identify this important information can put your health and safety
on the line.
How was I harmed by misdiagnosis?
As with any medical malpractice case, there are a three main factors that
must be present in order to prove malpractice. First, it must be shown
that the doctor and the patient had a professional and medical relationship
with one another. Second, the doctor must have provided a substandard
level of care that another doctor in the same situation would not have
provided. Third, the doctor’s negligence and lowered standard of
care resulted in the serious harm of the patient in their care. This means
that the misdiagnosis of the doctor must have resulted in harm.
Some ways that a patient can be misdiagnosed for an ailment include:
- Misdiagnosis, or choosing the wrong illness
- Missed diagnosis, claiming the patient is fine
- Delayed diagnosis, preventing needed treatment from occurring
- Failure to recognize complications
- Failure to diagnose a related or unrelated disease
Misdiagnosis oftentimes occurs in emergency situations where there is less
time to investigate all of the potential symptoms and their associated
diagnoses, especially when they occur in populations that less commonly
experience those ailments.
While simply misdiagnosing a patient cannot be considered negligence, each
case must be carefully considered to determine if the doctor did all that
they could have when arriving at the diagnosis they did. This means that
a medical malpractice attorney must show that the doctor did consider
a particular diagnosis when looking at the symptoms of the patient and
another doctor with the same skill would have identified this concern,
or that the doctor considered a diagnosis but did not pursue additional
tests or specialists to take further actions. Even more, if the tools
used in making the diagnosis were faulty, then additional people may be
held accountable for the misdiagnosis.
Have you been harmed due to the misdiagnosis of a doctor? Contact our Portland
medical malpractice attorney to
discuss your options for compensation!