My Doctor Misdiagnosed Me. Is This Medical Malpractice?
When you are dealing with a negative health condition, it can often feel like it is plaguing your life and can stir up feelings of helplessness and frustration. When you are suffering from an illness that is affecting your life on a day-to-day basis, you should be able to rely on an experienced doctor to diagnose the issue at hand. But, what happens if your doctor misdiagnoses you? Here, the Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. discuss when a misdiagnosis can become medical malpractice, and how to move forward with your case if you or a loved one suffered due to negligence from a healthcare provider.
What Is the Difference Between Misdiagnosis and Malpractice?
Before moving forward with a medical malpractice case, it is important to understand the differences between misdiagnosis and medical malpractice. Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor or medical professional gives an incorrect diagnosis of an illness or other health problem. While receiving a misdiagnosis may be frustrating, it is not always considered medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider breaches the standard of care, exhibiting negligent or reckless behavior that ultimately leads to pain, suffering and even death for the patient. Medical malpractice generally results in physical, emotional and financial damage to a patient, impacting the remainder of their lives greatly. However, if the misdiagnosis of your condition led to direct health problems or injury as a result, you may be entitled to pursue a medical malpractice claim.
When Can Misdiagnosis Lead to Medical Malpractice Claims?
If you suffered a misdiagnosis at the hands of a medical professional, proving that medical malpractice occurred involves research, data and proof from various sources. First, a plaintiff must prove that their misdiagnosis directly caused pain and suffering. For example, if a patient dealing with a cardiovascular condition was misdiagnosed and sent home, and, as a result, suffered a heart attack or stroke shortly after visiting their doctor, they may be able to pursue a medical malpractice case. Furthermore, individuals must prove that their doctor exhibited a lack of care when making the initial diagnosis, such as not asking questions, spending inadequate time with them or neglecting to refer them to a specialist if needed.
Finally, individuals must be able to show that a competent doctor in a similar specialty would have otherwise been able to provide an accurate diagnosis to the patient. Failure to diagnose is not the only case for medical malpractice lawsuits, as a missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis may also lead to the direct worsening of the patient’s condition or even death. Causation is often the most complex area to prove in a medical malpractice case. In these cases, the plaintiff must be able to directly prove that, because of this misdiagnosis, serious injury or wrongful death occurred.
Speak With The Baltimore Medical Malpractice Attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. Medical malpractice cases are extremely overwhelming, frustrating and emotionally taxing for both the harmed patients and their families. If you or a loved one suffered or died at the hands of a negligent healthcare provider, the medical malpractice attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. are here to ensure that your voice is heard and that you receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Many individuals are unaware that misdiagnosis can be used as the primary reasoning behind medical malpractice cases, and in turn, suffer in silence. To learn more about how the qualified medical malpractice attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg can help you, contact our Baltimore office today.