Misdiagnosis and Medical Negligence

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Medical negligence is a term that refers to a situation where a patient suffered injuries due to unprofessional behavior expressed by his or her healthcare provider. A lot of medical negligence cases have a wrong diagnosis foundation. While misdiagnosis can happen due to negligence, this is not always the case. If you want to claim compensation for a wrong diagnosis, there are a couple of things that you need to know.

Ideal malpractice situation

In order for a misdiagnosis to fall under the category of malpractice it needs to pass certain tests. First of all the patient needs to offer proof that there was a professional relationship between him and the healthcare provider. This means that the patient needs to have been under the doctor’s care when the diagnosis was made. Furthermore you need to prove that the doctor didn’t take the necessary steps in determining the medical condition. You also need to have evidence that the patient suffered injuries due to the doctor’s lack of professionalism. This can either be due to the fact that the patient was given the wrong treatment to which his body had a bad reaction or due to the fact that he received no treatment whatsoever which caused the condition to aggravate.

Not all misdiagnosis cases are subject to sanctions

It is important to know that the law does not sanction doctors for all misdiagnoses. It is not uncommon for a doctor to give the wrong diagnosis even when he does everything right. While most medical conditions have specific symptoms, diagnosing a patient is not an exact science. Sometimes the body can give confusing symptoms especially when the patient is suffering from more than one medical condition. In order to determine whether or not a patient was misdiagnosed because of negligence you need to evaluate all off the doctor’s actions which led to his decision. On this matter you need to research differential diagnosis. This is a systematic technique that is used in order to determine a medical condition. Based on the symptoms that a patient presents as well as his or her medical history, a health care provider has to make a list of diagnoses which he systematically rules out, after performing the adequate tests, until he reaches the true diagnosis. If you can prove that your doctor omitted including your diagnosis or he failed to perform the necessary tests in determining the condition, then you probably have a solid foundation for a malpractice case.

Who is to blame

If a patient is diagnosed with the wrong condition, his health care provider isn’t necessarily the only guilty party. If the equipment that the doctor used was not functioning correctly or the lab results were mixed, then you need to hold someone else responsible for the misdiagnose situation.

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