When we are ill, we expect medical professionals to do the best they can to get us well again. At the beginning of this process is identifying what is wrong with us. This is not always easy. Many medical conditions have similar symptoms to other diseases, so it can take time, lots of tests, medications and doctors ruling out certain conditions before they can make a firm diagnosis. However, in some instances, not only do doctors fail to make the correct diagnosis of a medical condition, but they make the completely wrong diagnosis.
Making the wrong diagnosis, often called misdiagnosis, is not always a case of medical negligence. Doctors do get things wrong and as symptoms of different diseases can be similar, it is all too easy to confuse different conditions. However, a wrong diagnosis could be considered medical negligence when other doctors of average competence would not have made the same mistake, in which case you may have a claim for compensation.
Consequences of wrong diagnosis
A wrong diagnosis can have serious implications. Firstly, failing to diagnose a condition correctly means that you are not getting the right treatment. In the case of some serious illnesses, such as cancer, by the time the correct diagnosis is made, it may be too late to receive any successful treatment. Secondly, a wrong diagnosis can lead to you undergoing unnecessary medical procedures, which could cause pain and suffering, so it is only right you should receive compensation if you have suffered because of a misdiagnosis. It has to be noted that not all cases of wrong diagnosis will result in a claim for compensation. If a doctor made the diagnosis based on all available evidence and made the same diagnosis that another competent doctor would have made, it may not be a case of medical malpractice.
Compensation for doctors making the wrong diagnosis is paid only when it can be shown that a doctor has acted negligently. In addition, the wrong diagnosis has to have led to some negative consequences, whether that is avoidable pain and suffering or some financial losses. If this is the case and you have received a wrong diagnosis due to medical negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. The best way to find out is to seek professional help, such as from the expert lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline who have experience in dealing with medical negligence cases and can advise you as to what the best course of action is.
Date Published: August 30, 2013
Author: David Brown