The impact of a misdiagnosis on patients can be tremendous. Victims can suffer mounting harm because of a wrongful diagnosis. For that reason, victims of medical malpractice should be familiar with the legal protections available to them.
What is misdiagnosis?
Misdiagnosis can impact victims in a variety of different ways. There are different types of misdiagnosis, including erroneous diagnosis and treatment, delayed diagnosis and failure to diagnose. Erroneous diagnosis and treatment can cause victims harm if they are treated for the wrong medical condition. The treatment they receive for the wrong condition can be harmful and victims also may not receive the medical care and treatment they need for the condition they are suffering from.
Delayed diagnosis can result in the victim not receiving the medical treatment and care they need in a timely which can be devastating for their health. A failure to diagnose may result in the victim never receiving the medical care and treatment they need. In some cases, that medical care and treatment can be life-saving.
When a victim suffers a worsened medical condition because of a misdiagnosis, which can include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or a failure to diagnose, they may have a claim for damages against the negligent medical provider who failed to properly diagnose the victim’s medical condition. Damages can include the victim’s physical, financial and emotional damages suffered because of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can turn the victim’s life upside down which is why victims should be aware of the legal resources and remedies that may be able to help them through the challenges they face.