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The answer: it depends.
When you visit your doctor, whether it’s due to nagging symptoms you want checked out or because of an emergency health crisis, you expect to be accurately diagnosed so that proper treatment can begin. But medicine is often an inexact science, and even the most experienced and well-educated healthcare providers can make mistakes.
For example, a benign condition can look similar to a more serious, potentially fatal condition, and vice versa. Certain symptoms that should be present for a particular disease or illness may not show up, causing doctors to move on to other diagnoses. When doctors make mistakes while diagnosing patients, they waste valuable time towards starting an effective treatment regimen.
There are several types of misdiagnosis that can put patients’ health at risk:
Misdiagnosis by itself isn’t automatically considered medical malpractice. Due to the complexity of the human body and the differences in each person’s physiology, no doctor will ever have a perfect diagnosis history. However, doctors are required to do everything in their power to boost their odds of making the correct diagnosis, both before and during treatment.
Unfortunately, doctors don’t always go “by the book” when it comes to evaluating patients and diagnosing their conditions. They may rush through check-ups due to needing to see many patients in a single day, or they may simply act carelessly and not give each patient the time and attention they deserve. In other words—misdiagnoses can also be the fault of doctors’ negligence.
That means that misdiagnosis cases that are caused by doctors making major mistakes can be considered malpractice. Some of those mistakes include:
For many patients, misdiagnosis can be a life or death situation. Certain illnesses and conditions, such as cancer, organ failure, and even heart attacks and strokes require immediate diagnosis and treatment. Any wasted days or hours can put patients at risk of severe complications.
If you or someone you love was harmed due to misdiagnosis, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call the Ohio medical malpractice lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy today. We’re ready to put our experience to work for you.
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