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Were you misdiagnosed by a doctor?

On Behalf of | Jul 14, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Even the healthiest individuals fall ill from time to time. Often, people are able to fight off ailments on their own. Nonetheless, more serious cases may require intervention from a doctor.

When your immune system can’t fight off whatever is making you sick, you rely on the assistance of a doctor to diagnose the problem and fix it. Essentially, your health, and maybe even your life, are in their hands.

Medical professionals owe you a legal duty of care. Sometimes, innocent mistakes happen, even from the most highly trained professionals. However, there are occasions where medical errors occur because of negligence. Were you misdiagnosed by a doctor? If so, could this have been negligent?

Were you treated with complacency?

It takes a lot of time and effort to become a doctor. Not only do you have to spend several years at college, but there is additional on-the-job training. In fact, the training never really ends. Unfortunately, some doctors cross the line from being confident to being complacent. Doctors have a responsibility to rule out all other possibilities and make an accurate diagnosis through thorough testing procedures. They can’t simply go with their gut. If a doctor takes shortcuts because they believe they have seen it all before, this could result in a misdiagnosis.

More than one person might be responsible

Medical teams have a heavy workload and they often have to share this among colleagues. Your care may have been the responsibility of a medical team rather than one person. While team operations can be more efficient, there is a danger that important information gets lost in translation. A breakdown in communication could lead to a misdiagnosis, which ultimately might put your life at risk.

If you’re misdiagnosed, this means that you will not get the treatment that you need. Ultimately, this can be life-threatening. If your medical misdiagnosis occurred due to negligence, then you may be entitled to legal compensation.