Misdiagnosis is one of the most common medical mistakes made by doctors. However, there are different types of diagnostic errors with varying consequences for patients. The most common types of diagnostic errors include:
- Wrong diagnosis: This is where a doctor mistakes one diagnosis for another. For example, this type of error could include diagnosing a patient with a migraine when they have bacterial meningitis.
- Delayed diagnosis: A delayed diagnosis is where the doctor eventually diagnoses the patient with the correct health condition, but only after a significant amount of time has passed.
- Missed diagnosis: This type of misdiagnosis occurs when doctors mistakenly tell patients that they are healthy.
- Failing to diagnose related and unrelated diseases: Some patients may have two or more health conditions that are related or unrelated. A doctor may only diagnose one of these conditions, which leaves the other untreated.
- Failing to recognize complications: Patients may have health conditions that are aggravated by certain factors. Doctors may fail to identify these factors, which causes the health condition to worsen.
- Wrong subtype diagnosis: In this case, a doctor fails to diagnose a patient with the correct subtype of a disease.
When Could I File a Lawsuit for Misdiagnosis?
If you or a loved one were the victim of a misdiagnosis, there could be one or more reasons why the mistake occurred. Your doctor may have misinterpreted imaging test results. If your doctor or other hospital staff were overworked or inexperienced, they may have missed clues that would have led to an accurate diagnosis. These are only two of many possible causes of a misdiagnosis. That is why these cases require a great deal of investigation.
It is also possible that hospital staff did not provide the accepted standard of care. In such cases, it is vital to discuss the situation with a medical malpractice attorney. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for damages.
The Atlantic City medical malpractice lawyers at Donald G. Targan & Associates could discuss your situation and potentially investigate your claim. After a free consultation, we could tell you whether you would be able to bring a lawsuit against the parties responsible for the misdiagnosis.