Medical Malpractice: Wrong Diagnosis

Posted By on Sep 4, 2014 | 0 comments


Reports of medical malpractice lawsuits have been the content many newspapers, and radio and TV news programs over the past years. Though alarming it may be, medical malpractice is a reality and, based on the numbers given by the Journal of the American Medical Association, it claims about 225,000 lives in the US every year, making it one of leading cause of death in the nation.

Medical malpractice can be committed through many different ways; usually, however, these have just one common root – wrong diagnosis, which may mean delayed, missed or over diagnosis. Because of wrong diagnosis patients can be made to undergo unnecessary laboratory tests, prescribed with the wrong medication, be subjected to a surgical procedure or given other kinds of treatment that are not needed. Worse, with the real illness not properly diagnosed it can worsen, while the unnecessary medical treatment resorted to may cause the development of another serious health condition in the patient.

One major cause of misdiagnosis, according to a study conducted by the U.S. News and World Report, is physician bias. This is the most common result of the 15-minute doctor and patient interaction, a doctor’s way of meeting as many patients as possible (within his/her consultation schedule). During this very limited 15-minute office visit, the doctor tends to automatically apply the “18-second rule,” wherein he/she would readily identify the patient’s illness based on symptoms (failing to consider the fact that many types of illnesses have the same symptoms).

Unless doctors fully understand the incalculable importance of their responsibility over their patients, wrong diagnosis would more likely just go on and on. A New Hampshire medical malpractice lawyer, however, can help patients, who have fallen victims to medical incompetence, take legal action against erring medical practitioners and hopefully receive compensation from them for whatever damages may arise from an erroneous practice.

A Louisville personal injury lawyer would, likewise, be another best legal counsel to consult if a patient knows and feels that he/she is a victim of medical malpractice. While doctors, despite the errors they commit, may clearly not have intended any harm on the patient, the fact that a totally preventable event has happened makes them totally liable for their failure to provide quality care.

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