Medical misdiagnosis can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. As a result, victims of medical malpractice need to know what they can do about it and how they can get help when harmed by medical negligence.

Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or treatment and erroneous diagnosis and treatment can all result in a worsened condition. If the victim suffered from a worsened condition beyond what would be normally expected disease progression, they may be able to seek compensation for their damages through a medical malpractice claim for damages.

A failure to diagnose can result in a variety of bad outcomes for victims. Victims may not timely receive the treatment or care they need. They may also receive treatment, such as medication, for a medical condition they are not suffering from which can be harmful to their health and can also worsen their disease progression by leaving it untreated. Lastly, delaying proper and prompt treatment can result in devastating outcomes including death.

What are some medical conditions that may be misdiagnosed?

  • Heart attacks
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Lyme disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Lupus

The consequences of a misdiagnosis can be serious which is why it is essential for victims of medical malpractice to be familiar with the legal protections and remedies available to them. It is also essential for medical care professionals, including doctors, nurses and even hospitals, to carefully listen to the patient’s symptoms and medical history and order the appropriate tests.

When a medical care professional has provided negligent medical care that has fallen below the standard of care, they may be liable to compensate victims for their physical, financial and emotional damages. Victims and their families should know about these legal resources during their time of need and how they can help them.