What is misdiagnosis?
Misdiagnosis can lead to severe and lasting consequences for a patient. This type of negligence takes many forms- misdiagnosis does not always mean that the doctor overlooked a serious condition. Misdiagnosis not only refers to receiving a wrong diagnosis, but it could also mean that there was a delayed diagnosis or a failure to diagnose your condition. There are several types of misdiagnosis including:
- The doctor tells you that you have a certain disease that you actually do not have. The treatment then begins costing you money and possibly harming you and making matters worse.
- The doctor ends up identifying and diagnosing the wrong condition and proceeds with treatment that will not resolve or fix the original problem. If the actual condition keeps going untreated, then it could progressively become worse.
- The doctor tells you that they did not find anything seriously wrong with you when in actuality you have a severe condition. In these cases the patient goes on unaware and untreated and the problem could grow to become more severe.
Many different factors could cause misdiagnosis to occur and the fault does not always fall solely upon the doctor. Sometimes patients decide not share all the information they need to with their doctor and they conceal relevant facts that could help the doctor in their diagnosis. Other times there are language barriers between doctors and patients or there is a miscommunication that transpires. The doctor could also be inexperienced making it very difficult for them to recognize the signs and symptoms of your condition.
The malfunctioning of medical equipment could also be a factor, if the MRI machine or any other piece of equipment overlooks the conditions and nothing comes up in the test results, the doctor would not know any better. Lastly, there are times when diseases manifest themselves in strange ways, making it so the signs and symptoms do not match up with regular cases. Doctors do not always realize right away what condition it is that they are dealing with and it may take a while to figure out that you have a rare or atypical case.
The Benefits of Having an Atlanta Misdiagnosis Lawyer
If you have been injured as a result of doctor misdiagnosis, then you may have a medical malpractice case on your hands. Proving negligence and malpractice is not always an easy feat, which is why you need a misdiagnosis attorney from The Tolson Firm, LLC. As the plaintiff in a misdiagnosis malpractice case you will have a certain burden of proof to fulfill in order to prove your case. There are three different elements that you as the patient must be able to prove in order to successfully validate you malpractice claim. As the patient, you must prove the following:
- That a doctor-patient relationship did exist
- That the doctor did not provide the necessary treatment in a proficient manner
- That the doctor's carelessness or negligence ended up causing you injury or harm
With misdiagnosis cases, if a doctor fails to see the signs of a patient with cancer or a serious heart condition, the chances of that patient surviving their illness become significant lower as time goes on. Your doctor could have also prescribed you the wrong medication for your condition and may have caused further damage. Our firm understands the difficulties and frustrations that you must be facing and we can help you through this difficult time. We understand the burden of proof with medical malpractice cases and we know what it takes to successfully recover compensation for your claim. If you are searching for a malpractice attorney in Atlanta, contact The Tolson Firm, LLC today for your free case evaluation!