Whether you’re visiting your doctor for a routine check-up, or you’re at the hospital for an emergency surgery, you want to be able to trust your doctor. Unfortunately, some health care providers do not diagnose correctly, either due to ignorance of correct knowledge or by purposeful deception, and their negligence can lead to an injury. Here are some ways to recognize when your doctor is misdiagnosing you or attempting to misdiagnose you.
What Do I Need to Prove?
Not every diagnostic error is the result of medical malpractice (this would depend on your particular situation). In order to prove medical malpractice in a lawsuit, you will have to prove that you had a relationship with your doctor, that your doctor was negligent and that this negligence caused an actual injury. If these three things can be proven, then you can move on and analyze the actual misdiagnosis that occurred.
Methods of Misdiagnosis
There are a few ways to prove that your doctor is trying to misdiagnose you, or has misdiagnosed you.
- Negligence: A misdiagnosis itself is not evidence of negligence, but if you feel that your doctor acted competently during your initial medical consultation, you could prove that his or her negligence led to your following injury.
- Test errors: Sometimes, diagnosis equipment can be faulty, or human error can occur when operating the treatment machinery.
- Purposeful delays: You can also prove that your injury was due to a purposeful delay in diagnosis. This can happen with cancer diagnoses and other diseases that would need to be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner
If any of the above misdiagnosis methods occurred while you attempted to get medically treated, and furthermore these misdiagnoses caused you physical harm, you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact The Law Offices of Aaron Allison to find a medical malpractice attorney to represent you.