Medical practitioners and institutes perform hundreds of thousands of diagnoses, prescriptions, surgeries, and other medical procedures on patients each year. When people approach doctors to seek assessment and advice for their health condition, they’re impliedly putting all their trust into the doctor’s professional competence and acumen. This is somewhere synonymous with entrusting a person with your life, which automatically hints that things can go very wrong in such scenarios.
How does misdiagnosis creep in?
Starting from the very beginning, a patient expects a correct diagnosis of its medical condition by the doctor. The doctor either examines the patient personally or prescribes them medical tests to determine the problem accurately. It is reported that a surprisingly significant number of deaths post-treatment owe their cause to some form of misdiagnosis on the medical practitioner’s part. Most misdiagnosis cases are seen where the doctor fails to correctly determine the patient’s illness based on an insignificant symptom, such as cough or an abnormal temperature. The cause of such a symptom is left untraced, leaving the actual problem unattended, hence aggravating it further. At other times, the medical practitioner may prescribe the wrong medical tests to the patient, although correct but may never disclose the actual problem suffered by him. Moreover, the medical tests are often subject to misinterpretation by the doctors themselves, leaving out the entire affected mark wholly ignored.
Medical negligence and effects of a misdiagnosis
Many misdiagnosis cases can result in fatalities, where the patient is not receiving the correct treatment at all, worsening their situation even further. At other times, when the wrongly assessed illness is to be treated by reversing the harms suffered by the body, often complex medical procedures need to be undertaken. When the matter pertains to dialysis, or administering concentrated medicines, or controlling hormonal imbalances, efforts to treat the patient who is absolutely normal in that aspect can be devastating. The patient may even be forced into some other medical condition he had never complained of before.
All of such instances fall under the medical negligence umbrella, against which the victims or their families can sue the concerned medical practitioner or the hospital in a personal injury lawsuit. Hence, a misdiagnosis will need to be proven with very strong proof corroborating the plaintiff’s claim of negligence. The plaintiff will have to eventually prove that the doctor’s conduct fell far below what was reasonably expected out of a medical professional surrounded by such circumstances. Filing a suit and contesting it against hospitals or doctors is a difficult pill to swallow since they normally pressurize the plaintiffs to accept a settlement worth peanuts against their claim. This is difficult to resist for plaintiffs facing cashflow problems, where they might feel inclined towards accepting whatever money is coming their way out of the claim.
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