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What is Misdiagnosis?

Medical misdiagnosis occurs when a physician or medical professional misdiagnoses a patient with a condition they do not have. Misdiagnosis can cause long-term injury and, in some cases, death. When a patient visits their doctor, they expect to receive an accurate and truthful diagnosis and appropriate treatment options. Many people put their trust in their physician, but mistakes can always occur. A misdiagnosis can involve a wrong diagnosis, a missed diagnosis, a delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose.

What Causes Medical Misdiagnosis?

Several factors lead to medical misdiagnosis. It can occur in an outpatient setting or an emergency room. Some common causes of medical misdiagnosis include but are not limited to:

  • Physicians lacking full and accurate medical history of patient
  • Wrong type of test or screen is ordered
  • Misread test results
  • Contaminated test results
  • Improperly administrated test
  • Doctor did not consider all possibilities before making a diagnosis

Medical negligence is a problem in many states and can also be a contributing factor to medical misdiagnosis.

Misdiagnosis as Medical Malpractice

When doctors diagnose patients, they often list the diseases or illnesses the patient may have in order to find the most obvious or likely condition at hand. A process of elimination is taken based on symptoms and tests. Because this process can be generalized, there is room for error, which can result in a misdiagnosis.

Failure to diagnose, or a misdiagnosis of an injury or illness are the foundation for many malpractice lawsuits. Misdiagnosis is not always medical malpractice, so it is important to know what constitutes as malpractice. First, there has to be a proven relationship between the patient and physician. There should also be proof that the doctor did not meet the medical care standard and that the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose resulted in further damage or illness to the patient.

Filing Misdiagnosis Malpractice Lawsuit in Indiana

The presumption behind medical malpractice lawsuits is simple – negligence on part of a medical professional. As medical professionals owe their patients a high degree of skill and care, a patient who has been wronged by a physician or medical professional and received a misdiagnosis should seek legal representation. Some standards to think about when considering filing a lawsuit:

  • Was an investigation of my medical condition properly conducted?
  • Was a diagnosis timely and properly made?
  • Was treatment provided in a timely manner?
  • Was I informed of risks?
  • Was my healthcare professional qualified to provide care deemed necessary?

The sole intention of filing a medical malpractice case is to provide the patient with an opportunity to recover financial compensation for any damage caused by the medical professional.

Why You Need a Misdiagnosis Malpractice Lawyer

If you have been harmed by being falsely diagnosed by a physician or medical professional and you believe your case qualifies as medical malpractice, you should contact a lawyer. Medical malpractice attorneys are crucial to your settlement because they can identify malpractice more easily. A trained medical malpractice attorney knows state laws and can build out your case as you work toward obtaining compensation.

Contact a Medical Misdiagnosis Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured because of a physician’s misdiagnosis of an illness or disease, contact the Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get 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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