Getting the correct diagnosis and treatment from a healthcare professional is something we all expect. A doctor’s expertise and recommendation for a course of treatment is something rely on for our health and well-being. When a physician makes a mistake and misdiagnoses you, it can have serious and long-term consequences. According to estimates, 10-13% of all medical cases may involve a diagnostic error.
Misdiagnosis occurs when you are diagnosed with the wrong condition. This may lead to the wrong kind of treatment, making you sicker – or even to no treatment at all, because your doctor has told you your condition is not serious. Misdiagnosis can involve a less serious condition, like mistaking a sore throat for allergies when it is actually strep throat, or it can sadly be much more significant and life-threatening, such as cancer misdiagnosis.
In many instances, correctly diagnosing cancer in its early stages means patients have an easier course of treatment and can return to a normal life with a higher chance of survival. However, misdiagnosing cancer may mean that it is not discovered until it has advanced into its later, more dangerous stages – requiring radical surgery, chemo, or radiation therapy. A patient who might have survived may end up dying because their cancer is diagnosed too late.
Wrong diagnosis can occur in many different ways. Although it is most often the doctor who makes the error, it can also be the fault of nursing staff, technicians, or even the equipment itself. When a misdiagnosis occurs that results in serious injury or death, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice suit against the doctor, the hospital, or any other negligent parties involved.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or become ill due to a wrong diagnosis or misdiagnosis in West Virginia, please contact Jim Leach, L.C., today or call 304-865-8530 to speak with one of our experienced Morgantown injury attorneys.