Misdiagnosis & Failure to Diagnose Attorneys Help Fight for Your Rights in Baltimore, Maryland
One of the most common reasons for a medical malpractice suit is a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis. You may have a viable claim if a doctor’s diagnostic error caused your condition to worsen or if you did not receive proper treatment. Conversely, if a diagnostic error is made, but the patient does not suffer an injury as a result, there is likely not enough evidence to pursue a medical malpractice suit.
How Do You Know If a Misdiagnosis has Been Made?
In order for a plaintiff to prove that a doctor made a mistake in diagnosing an illness, the plaintiff needs to prove that the doctor provided a level of care that was less than what a similarly-trained doctor would provide under the same or similar circumstances.
Who Can Be Sued in a Misdiagnosis Lawsuit?
Usually the primary physician, the one responsible for making the misdiagnosis, is the party that can be sued for negligence. In select cases, other professionals who also saw the patient, specialists for example, could be considered liable for negligence, including radiologists, gastroenterologists, gynecologists, surgeons and even pathologists.
What are Common Diseases Associated with Misdiagnosis?
Commonly misdiagnosed diseases and conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Lymph node inflammation
- Staph infection