Misdiagnosis is a medical malpractice
About 25% of all the on medical malpractice are related to misdiagnosis or complete failure to diagnose the condition of a patient. Such cases are more common when it comes to diagnosing cancers and heart attacks.
When it comes to a delayed diagnosis especially when it comes to a disease like cancer, the plaintiff can allege that the respective doctor, nurse or hospital was negligent. If breast and prostate cancers are misdiagnosed and the required treatments are not given, the patient will face a serious issue. When it comes to lung, skin and cervical cancers, even a simple blood test, urine or stool test can reveal the cancerous cells or tumors. Later on, a biopsy should be carried out to get a confirmation.
Misdiagnosis can happen due to the negligence of a doctor or nurse. As an example, think about an instance in which a patient is in the emergency room and shows symptoms of a heart attack (such as chest pain, breathing difficulties, and sweating). Generally, the physicians in the emergency room are supposed and trained to give priority to the patients with the aforesaid symptoms. However, if the respective emergency room is too busy due to some reason and there is a high volume of patients, physicians may opt to neglect such symptoms.
Is it possible to sue the doctor for a misdiagnosis?
Yes. As per the general acceptance, it is possible to sue your doctor for such medical malpractice. To do that, however, you must meet the following requirements.
- Your doctor must be testified by a well-qualified, expert physician who plays the role of a witness.
- A well-qualified, specialist witness must be able to provide a medical opinion saying that the respective injury or damage is caused due to the negligence of your doctor. The injury you experience as a result of the malpractice should be worse than you would have had if the health issue is diagnosed properly.
- You should then file a lawsuit within the limitations provided by the law.
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