How Does Medical Misdiagnosis Happen?

How Does Medical Misdiagnosis Happen?

Medical malpractice can happen in many ways, with misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose as examples. Improper diagnosis is quite prevalent. In terms of adverse events that take place in hospitals, diagnostic errors are responsible for 10% of mistakes that cause harm. When a medical professional does not properly identify an ailment significant negative health implications can be a consequence for patients. 

Patients who are the victim of medical errors in Mississippi may be able to get compensation for their damages by filing a Mississippi medical malpractice claim. These claims can be highly complicated. Because of this, it can be advantageous to connect with an attorney for support. The Jackson medical malpractice attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC have extensive experience assisting victims of medical malpractice file claims for the most compensation possible.

What Can Cause Medical Misdiagnosis?

How Does Medical Misdiagnosis HappenWhen an illness or disease is missed, it will not be properly treated. For many medical conditions, early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to improve the chances of overcoming them and making a full recovery. Often, when a patient does not have treatment for a health condition, it can progress rapidly and cause long-term damage and even death. 

Similarly, if the prognosis of a particular condition is wrong, then the treatment being applied would also likely not be appropriate. This could lead to complications resulting in further injury and harm. 

Medical care is not black and white and what works for one ailment in one person may not for another who is suffering from a similar condition. You may try many treatment approaches to see what works best to manage your ailment. But to get to those relevant and potentially healing treatments and therapies, your condition must be correctly diagnosed.

A patient that suffered misdiagnosis by their medical provider could have this happen if any of the following occur:

  • The wrong blood work or other diagnostic tests are ordered.
  • The laboratory makes mistakes with testing or processing tests.
  • When specific testing is necessary to treat a condition but the tests are not ordered.
  • The lab results are not analyzed correctly.
  • The test results get lost or do not make it to the medical provider and the provider does not follow up.
  • Failure to review previous health history.
  • Poor communication and not listening to the patient explain their symptoms.

These are just some examples of ways that a medical misdiagnosis can happen. The Jackson personal injury attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC understand how to work with experts that can analyze your medical information and documentation to identify if negligence took place that resulted in an inaccurate prognosis.

Speak with a Jackson Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

Misdiagnosis is a serious issue that can have debilitating and deadly consequences. If you were harmed by a medical misdiagnosis or if you lost a loved one because of this, please connect with the Jackson wrongful death attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC today to talk about your options for compensation. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney at Germany Law Firm, PLLC please call (601) 487-0555.