We know that misdiagnosis is one of the most severe problems that qualify as medical malpractice. Misdiagnosis can occur for a number of reasons, such as inexperience, improper testing protocols, miscommunication, and more.
However, it’s the aftermath of misdiagnosis that can make it the most challenging to endure. It’s crucial to recognize what can occur because of misdiagnosis and what your options are moving forward.
Receiving Incorrect Treatment
When a doctor diagnoses you with a condition or injury, they should also recommend a treatment option to help you recover. However, if misdiagnosis occurs, the treatment you receive may be unnecessary and leave you dealing with more harm than good.
Here are some problems that can arise because of incorrect treatment:
- Surgery on the wrong body part
- Surgery on the wrong patient
- Incorrect medication or dosage
Misdiagnosis can result in someone receiving a treatment they don’t need. It’s crucial to recognize your rights and hold doctors accountable if they cause you harm.
Not Receiving Treatment You Need
Perhaps worse than receiving the wrong treatment is not receiving treatment at all. If a doctor believes that your condition is not severe, they may recommend relaxing and waiting for the condition to pass. However, if you have a severe illness, the lack of treatment may cause it to worsen.
For many conditions, not receiving treatment can lead to long-term problems or even death. Unfortunately, many conditions are treatable if caught early enough, but a misdiagnosis may make it impossible to recover.
Our Massachusetts medical malpractice attorneys work to give you the peace of mind you deserve. At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, we have the extensive experience and skill necessary to pursue justice on your behalf. No matter the situation, we work to help you understand your options and get through the process timely and effectively.
Call our firm at (617) 404-3417 today and schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.