Picture this: you’re not feeling too well one week, so you head to your local doctor’s office for a checkup. He or she examines you, asks about your symptoms, and prescribes a medicine for you to take twice a day. You go home, and follow your doctor’s orders to the letter. But instead of getting better, your symptoms get worse – and multiply. You go back to your doctor, only to be informed that he or she made a mistake, and instead of the common cold, you’ve got something much more serious, and the misdiagnosis may have very serious consequences.
Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are very dangerous medical errors. First of all, an incorrect diagnosis means that a patient will not be treated for the disease that they actually have. Because so many ailments require immediate care in order to achieve full recovery, any delay in treatment can be costly. The situation becomes even more alarming when you consider the effects of the treatments that the patient is getting. Drugs taken when they are not needed can cause dangerous side effects and create new problems for patients to cope with. Misdiagnosed symptoms can also lead to patients undergoing unnecessary surgery.
Hospitals and doctors have an obligation to thoroughly investigate the symptoms of their patients and provide correct diagnoses of diseases. Unfortunately, not all medical personnel live up to this obligation, whether out of carelessness, overwork, or laziness.
If you or someone that you love has been adversely affected by an incorrect diagnosis, you may have a case against the doctor or hospital responsible. Contact Stevens Point medical misdiagnosis lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 715-345-0004 today.