We rely on doctors and other medical experts to help us diagnose our physical and mental ailments so that we can seek appropriate treatment for a quick recovery. However, sometimes this trust ends up being misplaced, as medical professionals provide incorrect diagnoses through negligence and carelessness. A wrong diagnosis can result in terrible consequences for medical patients, including those that are physical, emotional, and even financial. In a lot of cases, victims of incorrect diagnoses have to combat not only physical ailments but also the medical costs that are associated with these conditions, some of which can be extreme.
Causes of the Wrong Diagnosis
Unfortunately, many innocent people suffer from incorrect diagnoses every year in the United States, many due to a doctor’s negligence or recklessness. In fact, some of the more common causes of a wrong diagnosis involve:
- Failure to perform certain tests
- Failure to train nurses/staff
- Misinterpretation of physical condition
- Fatigue/overwork of doctors
- Distractions at the workplace
These situations might all lead a doctor to make an error in diagnosing a medical patient; however, a victim of such medical malpractice should not have to suffer from his or her injuries alone.
An incorrect diagnosis might have recently affected you or someone you love, but it’s important to know that you may not have to bear the brunt of the consequences on your own. At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, our experienced lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients fight back against the effects of a medical error such as an incorrect diagnosis. If you have suffered from this recently, learn more about your legal options by calling (617) 404-3417 today.