Misdiagnosis and wrong diagnosis account for about 17% of the most frequently reported medical errors that typically result in medical malpractice lawsuits, according to a report by the Institute of Medical Education. According to that same report, approximately 70% of these errors might have been prevented by a strict adherence to diagnostic protocol.
A misdiagnosis can lead to improper medication prescriptions that can be harmful or fatal, a healthy person undergoing painful, expensive treatment for a disease he or she may not have, missed diagnoses for serious illnesses that are present in a patient, and other serious complications.
A misdiagnosis or a wrong diagnosis can be life-changing. When a brain tumor is diagnosed as tension headaches or when a benign lump is diagnosed as cancerous and treated with painful rounds of unnecessary chemotherapy, serious damage is done to the patient.
A misdiagnosis or wrong diagnosis can happen in several different ways. Test results can be mixed up, an x-ray might be misinterpreted, a diagnostic test might be administered improperly or a doctor might overlook symptoms due to any number of reasons.
Whatever the reasons are, if you’ve suffered because of a misdiagnosis or wrong diagnosis, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and treatment as well as your physical and emotional trauma. Contact an Indianapolis medical malpractice attorney who can answer your questions about the complex process of filing a medical malpractice claim today.
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