The Devastating Effects of Medical Misdiagnosis
It’s a common misconception that medical malpractice only occurs when a doctor messes up during a medical procedure, such as leaving a sponge in the body during surgery. While this example would qualify as medical malpractice, by far the majority of medical malpractice cases have to do with missed calls.
When a doctor diagnoses a patient with something, begins treatment based on that diagnosis, and then later discovers that the patient is actually suffering from a different condition or problem, it is possible that medical malpractice has taken place.
How Misdiagnosis Causes Injury
Misdiagnosis may not seem like that big of a deal. After all, people make mistakes and misjudgments all the time. However, in certain situations misdiagnosis can lead to death.
Take, for example, a patient who comes in complaining of certain symptoms which a doctor diagnoses as being a minor condition. Months down the road the symptoms become very severe and the patient goes to the hospital. It is then discovered that he or she has cancer. But at this point, the cancer has grown so much that it is now incurable.
Those Capable of Misdiagnosis
Wrong diagnoses can be made because of the mistakes of a number of medical professionals. Some workers commonly responsible for incorrect diagnoses include:
- Nurse Practitioners
- Certain types of medical technicians
Misdiagnosis can be a death sentence for many patients. If you or someone you love has been the victim of misdiagnosis and has suffered greatly from the consequences, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 for legal assistance.