Some illnesses or medical conditions require an early diagnosis for effective treatment. It may be too late to take appropriate action when a doctor misdiagnosed your ailment and didn’t catch it early enough.
Unfortunately, patients have to bear the burden of such slip-ups by healthcare providers. You may end up on lifelong medication or care due to a misdiagnosis, not to mention the possible pain and suffering that may come with it.
A misdiagnosis may arise from inexperience, patient file mix-ups or other sheer incompetence by a doctor. Spending insufficient time with the patient, fatigue or lack of follow-up due to stretched resources can also lead to a misdiagnosis. All these are forms of negligence, and someone ought to be held liable.
A medical malpractice claim can help you and your family stay financially stable after misdiagnosis
You likely have a valid medical malpractice claim if you were a victim of a wrong diagnosis. However, pointing out negligence in such cases is not so straightforward. Remember, the doctor will likely defend their actions to avoid the legal consequences.
Just because a doctor wrongly diagnosed your illness does not mean that they acted negligently. It must be established that another competent and equally qualified doctor would have correctly diagnosed you under the prevailing circumstances for there to be a breach of duty of care.
Filing a medical malpractice claim is the beginning of your journey toward justice. Still, it is not an automatic process. You must present a strong case for a successful outcome.
Having the proper counsel when filing your claim will go a long way in boosting the odds in your favor and protecting your rights.