Misdiagnosis can lead to severe problems. A patient may end up receiving no treatment or the wrong treatment for a serious health problem. It’s an error that can have catastrophic results for victims and their families. Lack of proper treatment can lead to serious complications and even death.
In the event that a medical professional is responsible for misdiagnosis of a serious condition, that medical professional may be liable to you for future damages.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses
The AARP states that many victims of misdiagnosis are patients suffering from lupus, Parkinson’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia among other life threatening illnesses. Conditions like lupus are so severe and if proper treatment is not administered, the patient can suffer organ failure and untimely death. Conditions like Lymedisease on the other hand are quite unbearable. Patients can suffer pain and the risk of permanent heart damage is high if the condition goes untreated. Cancer is among the most severe illnesses that are commonly misdiagnosed. Since early treatment is important for survival, misdiagnosis of cancer can become fatal.
Why proper diagnosis is important
Proper diagnosis of all medical conditions is very important to a patient’s health. When it comes to serious conditions, misdiagnosis can cause the patient to experience severe complications and put him/her in danger. The situation may worsen when the treatment used is incorrect and actually weaken the patient, aggravate the symptoms or mask the real condition.
Take for example a cancer patient that needs to start chemotherapy immediately because the cancer cells have advanced and need immediate treatment. If this same patient is misdiagnosed and chemotherapy is not administered, there’s a high risk of the cancer spreading through the body.
On the other hand, a patient that has been misdiagnosed with cancer and given chemotherapy may be put in danger. Chemotherapy can have very severe side effects on the patient especially one who doesn’t suffer from cancer.
Who will be held responsible?
If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed, the medical professional who performed the incorrect diagnosis will be held liable. Professionals in the medical field are required to provide the highest standards of care.
If the professional is sued by a victim or their family and is found to have acted negligently or failed to exercise high standards of care, the afflicted party can receive compensation for damages. The damages may include medical bill past and future, loss of wages past and future, loss of wages past and future and pain and suffering.
Contact the law offices of Ken M Frankel
Get in touch with a medical malpractice attorney at Ken M Frankel to file a claim and receive damages for economic and noneconomic injuries caused by misdiagnosis of cancer or any other medical condition. At the law offices of Ken M Frankel, you’ll get a lawyer who will handle your case in a professional and supportive manner. Give us a call at 954-784-0800 or get in touch with us online http://www.frankel-injury-law.com/