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Why are misdiagnoses and the failure to diagnose so dangerous?

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

The healthcare industry has made a great many beneficial advancements over the decades. People now have access to trained general doctors and specialists, effective medications and proven surgical procedures to correct many conditions. Residents of Indiana have come to trust in the medical community, relying on these professionals to help them recover and carry on with their lives.

An irreplaceable segment of healthcare centers on diagnostic procedures in which medical personnel work to discover what is wrong with their patients. When mistakes occur resulting in a wrong diagnosis or a complete failure to diagnose a patient, we want you to know that you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim.

Why are diagnostic errors so dangerous?

Without an accurate diagnosis, patients cannot get treatment procedures and/or medications to properly treat their condition. This can result in worsened symptoms and may even threaten patients’ lives. Further, when a misdiagnosis occurs, patients may receive the wrong medications and medical treatments. This type of medical malpractice puts patients’ lives at risk because they may end up taking dangerous drugs or receiving potentially harmful therapies that worsen their condition.

According to one report, misdiagnosing the “big three” medical conditions leads to serious or significant harm to patients. These big three are cancer, infections and vascular conditions. Without the right diagnosis, patients suffering from these conditions do not get the treatment they need to address and manage their illnesses.

Our lawyers have seen that many victims of medical malpractice involving diagnostic errors do not know that legal remedies targeting negligent parties are available. We created this post to help raise awareness about malpractice centered on misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose in the hope that more victims will seek justice. You can read more about these and other medical malpractice topics by continuing to browse our website.