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Medical Misdiagnosis: The Right Cure for the Wrong Disease

Updated January 30, 2019 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

Often, when you aren’t feeling well, you may wait for the illness to resolve itself before seeing a doctor. And, in many cases, that’s what happens. If the problem persists, off you go to see a doctor.

Determining the Problem Is a Problem

You go to your doctor with the goal of feeling better. The first step toward getting well is to determine what’s wrong. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? After all, it’s what doctors do every day.

You trust your doctor to use their education and training to discover what’s wrong and to recommend the best course of treatment. However, even the most skilled physician may miss certain details. That can mean a delay in proper treatment at best and further complications to your health at worst.

How a Misdiagnosis Can Harm You

Some diseases and conditions are harder to diagnose than others. However, if a medical practitioner makes a mistake and offers you the incorrect diagnosis, you can find yourself getting worse instead of better—or you could be at risk of harm from dangerous side effects of a drug you didn’t need.

Misdiagnosis of an illness, condition, or injury can lead to harm from:

  • Delay in treatment
  • Incorrect treatment
  • Unnecessary drug side effects
  • Prolonged pain
  • Missed work

Misdiagnosis Is a Medical Mistake

A doctor’s inability to diagnose an illness or condition that another practitioner should reasonably be able to diagnose is negligence. It’s a medical mistake, and one that can leave you in worse shape than you might have been if you hadn’t sought medical help at all. Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice, and if it happens to you, seek legal help.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been harmed by a misdiagnosis or have questions about medical malpractice, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you build a case and fight for the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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