There are several ways in which a healthcare provider may commit medical malpractice, but one of the most common relates to the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of an injury, illness, or other medical condition. When a provider’s misdiagnosis directly leads to a lack or treatment, a delay in treatment, or the wrong treatment, a patient may suffer a worse outcome or even death. If you or a loved one suffered ill effects from a misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation – but there is a difference between medical malpractice and simple provider error. Learn about your legal options and when to contact an attorney.
Medical malpractice is more than a simple error in judgment. True medical malpractice only occurs when all of the following apply:
Medical malpractice cases often rely on sufficient evidence for points two and three. For example, you must be able to prove it was negligence that led to a worse outcome in your case, not the nature of the disease or the medical condition itself.
A misdiagnosis in and of itself is not enough to prove negligence. In fact, when you suffer from a relatively rare condition, many doctors might miss the diagnosis before arriving at its true cause. Skilled and competent doctors make diagnostic errors throughout their careers; this does not make them negligent. Negligence with regard to misdiagnosis stems from a provider action or inaction that deviates from an established standard of care. Doctors commit malpractice when they fail to do something a skillful doctor would have done under the same circumstances.
Healthcare providers may commit negligence if they fail to order the right diagnostic tests or refer to a specialist. Misdiagnosis can occur in any medical setting, but one of the most common places is in the emergency room, where doctors treat several patients at a time.
Medical malpractice cases require specific expertise and experience. At Wendt Law P.C., we’re committed to helping you gain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and the intangible losses associated with your experience. To begin the legal claims process today, please contact us for a free case evaluation. Let us provide a risk-free review of your case and help you decide on your next steps. Schedule yours today.