Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition is one of the most common medical malpractice claims filed. It is defined as the failure of a physician to identify and then appropriately treat a medical condition, either by not identifying a problem at all or by misidentifying a problem as one thing when it is really something else.
Unfortunately, medical misdiagnosis will continue to be a serious concern to the future of our healthcare. The Indianapolis misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose attorneys at Wagner Reese have been fighting for the victims of medical malpractice since 1997. If you have a claim, we have the experience and resources to determine a plan of legal action, investigate your medical malpractice case, and fight for your recovery.
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How Misdiagnoses & Failure to Diagnose Occurs
There can be several reasons a medical physician might fail to diagnose or misdiagnose a condition:
- Delayed referral of a patient to a specialist
- Test results misinterpreted
- Failing to act on a patient’s complaints appropriately
- Conducting a physical examination improperly
- Misdiagnosing a tumor as benign
- Failing to recognize potential indications of a problem
- Not ordering appropriate tests when indicated
- Failing to provide adequate follow-up care, including following up on test results or ordering additional tests
- Lack of informed consent
- Medical records mistakes
Consequences of Failure to Diagnose Errors
With continued advances in medical care and technology, you may consider misdiagnosis to be a rare occurrence, yet misdiagnosis continues to plague modern medicine. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals dedicate their lives to caring for patients, but the faith instilled in our doctors to care for us during times of sickness and injury can be shaken when doctors fail to properly treat or diagnose patients in their care. Failing to perform to professional standards can result in severe health consequences for patients, including continued illness or injury or even the death of a loved one. If this is the case, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the losses you have experienced.
Misdiagnosis can later result in medical malpractice claims include the following:
- Cancers (particularly breast, colon, prostate, lung, or skin)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Group B Strep
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Erb’s Palsy
- Wrongful Death
To learn more, contact our medical malpractice attorneys in Indianapolis for a free consultation. Call (888) 204-8440 today.