We rely on medical professionals to provide knowledgeable information and competent diagnoses. Sometimes medical professionals misdiagnose a patient. Misdiagnosis and delayed treatment of a medical condition can have debilitating effects on a patient and in some cases can be fatal. For instance, the medical provider might treat a patient for flu when he or she is suffering from a life-threatening gastrointestinal problem.
Failure To Diagnose:
The failure of a medical provider to timely detect a condition can have serious or fatal consequences. In many instances, particularly those involving cancer, early detection is a key element to successful treatment. A missed diagnosis can make treating a disease much more difficult, and in some cases, render successful treatment impossible.
When the failure to diagnose is negligent on the part of the medical provider, if the provider using a reasonable standard of care should have detected the problem sooner, a medical malpractice claim might be appropriate.
These cases are generally traumatic for all involved, the patient as well as the family members who have to try to deal with a future that might have been quite different if only cancer or another medical condition were diagnosed in time.
Wrong Treatment Or Failure To Treat:
The failure of a medical professional to give the proper medical treatment is medical malpractice. The doctor may prescribe the wrong medication for the patient or the incorrect dosage and complications can arise. There are many cases where the patient had to suffer because of wrong diagnosis and treatment – things such as a left leg being amputated instead of right leg, or removal of the wrong, non-diseased kidney. In addition, sometimes the medical provider fails to recognize the condition requiring treatment.