Misdiagnosis happens all too often…and you could be a victim of misdiagnosis whether treated at a well-known major medical center or a medical facility in your home town. Misdiagnosis, and also missed diagnoses, can occur irrespective of age group, socioeconomic level, medical condition or disease. Even seemingly minor errors in diagnosis can have serious repercussions; all cases require aggressive investigation from an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Many cases are overlooked – even those that end in poor outcomes, or death. It can also be difficult to obtain the data to prove a misdiagnosis occurred. If the missed diagnosis victim receives the wrong treatment, this could delay the therapeutic treatment, or also create other problems for the victim. A therapeutic outcome may be delayed or lost. With the advances we have made in medicine and the many tools, such as endoscopies, MRIs, CT scans, etc., one would think that the rate of misdiagnosis would decline, but that is not what statistics show.
Missed or incorrect cancer diagnoses have received a lot of attention, and for good reason. Delayed treatment could have grave consequences. The Emergency Room is also an area known for being at high risk for misdiagnosis, often due to delayed treatment. Emergency Rooms now have a well-established triage system for patients, so the most critical patients receive the necessary prompt treatment. Whether a patient goes back home, is admitted to the hospital for further treatment or immediate surgery, accurate diagnoses need to be fully documented and followed for optimal results.
If you are a victim of misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis, seek the help of an experienced, successful medical malpractice attorney to assist you with the complexities of medical malpractice – to ensure you obtain the outcome you deserve. Residents in the Southern Tier of Western New York & Northwestern PA recognize their medical malpractice needs will be best served by The Brian O’Connell Jr. Law Firm.