Diagnostic testing is a primary part of the job for many medical professionals. Knowing which tests to conduct and which questions to ask to make a correct diagnosis is critical to ensuring patients receive the treatment they need. When a patient is misdiagnosed or has a delayed diagnosis, injuries can occur from the lack of timely treatment.
For example, if a patient who has had a heart attack is misdiagnosed with acid reflux and sent home, they are at higher risk for another, more serious heart attack and will not receive the treatment they need to address any cardiovascular issues. In addition, cancer is often misdiagnosed, and the delay in treatment can ultimately necessitate more invasive treatment or allow the cancer to develop to the point where it is no longer treatable.
The above are only two of many examples of common misdiagnoses in the United States. If you were misdiagnosed and suffered unnecessary complications or injuries as a result, it is important to consider whether you have legal rights to financial recovery from your doctor.
When is Misdiagnosis Considered to be Malpractice?
While doctors cannot be held liable for every mistake they make, they can be liable if their actions rise to the level of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when doctors fail to provide care that lives up to the expected standards of the medical community. The standard is to provide care and treatment that another medical professional with similar training would have provided given the same circumstances.
Therefore, if another doctor in that field would have conducted certain tests for a correct diagnosis but your doctor did not, it may constitute malpractice and you may be entitled to compensation for all of the losses you suffered.
Discuss a Possible Case with a Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. have protected the rights of medical malpractice victims in and around the Chicago area. If you believe you have been injured by a misdiagnosis, please call to discuss – for free – what happened at 312-924-7575.