Doctors and other health care providers are held to a high standard because of the work they do. When that standard is not met people can be seriously injured or worse, and those responsible need to be held accountable. A painfully common way the standard of care is not met is when a health care provider fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses a condition. What happens if you are injured due to a missed diagnosis or incorrect diagnosis, and how can you prove that negligence caused your injury?
What is Misdiagnosis?
Whenever a health care provider could have, or should have been able to recognize a health issue in a patient and does not, it is considered a failure to diagnose. Whenever a health care provider incorrectly interprets a health issue it is considered a misdiagnosis. Even delays in diagnosis can be considered negligence.
Victims of Misdiagnosis or Missed Diagnosis
A misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis can lead to very serious health issues. Misdiagnosing something as serious as cancer, or missing the signs that a heart attack or stroke has or will occur can have lifelong and potentially lethal effects on a patient.
How Can I Prove Negligence?
First, consult with a lawyer. The Snyder Law Group, LLC, offers free case evaluations to help you understand your options and determine if you have grounds for a case. Like other forms of medical malpractice, there must be evidence that your health care provider violated the established standard of care. If there appears to be evidence of negligence in your case, an expert medical witness will be asked to review the evidence to determine if your health care provider should have been able to diagnose your issue during the time you received care.
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