Can Doctors Get in Trouble For Misdiagnosis?

Can Doctors Get in Trouble For Misdiagnosis? A doctor can get in trouble for misdiagnosis.

Yes, doctors can get in trouble for misdiagnosis. Two possible consequences of misdiagnosis are:

Neither consequence is automatic. The potential remedies will depend on the facts of the case. The state agencies that regulate medical doctors usually only investigate and take action after many complaints against the physician. Millions of people in America do not get the correct diagnosis when they go to the doctor.

The Factors of Medical Malpractice

Not every instance of misdiagnosis is medical malpractice. The law does not require doctors to be perfect. Even when a doctor makes a mistake, it is not necessarily malpractice. The misdiagnosis must satisfy all the elements for a successful medical malpractice case, which are:

When the facts meet the requirements of all four of these issues, you can file an action for medical malpractice.

An Incorrect Diagnosis

A wrong diagnosis happens when the physician makes a diagnosis, but it is not the correct one. The dangers of a wrong diagnosis are two-fold:

When a patient feels worse, not better, after starting a new treatment, he should seek medical attention right away.

Failure to Make a Diagnosis

Let’s say that a patient went to the doctor complaining of exhaustion. The doctor ordered a routine panel of blood work. When the results came back from the lab, the doctor did not notice the abnormalities that should have caused him to order additional testing. The patient had leukemia, which he might have survived, if he had started treatment right away.

When the cancer was finally detected, the patient’s disease had progressed too much for chemotherapy, radiation, or other interventions to be successful. The failure to make a diagnosis cost the patient his life.

Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases

The amount of damages in medical malpractice actions varies from one case to the next, depending on the facts. For example, removing a healthy appendix because of misdiagnosis will likely have a lower damages award than accidentally removing a healthy kidney, because an appendix is not an essential organ.

We cannot say how much compensation you can pursue until we talk with you and investigate your situation. The categories of damages can include:

We determine damages on a case-by-case basis. No two situations are identical. We will give your claim the individual attention it deserves.

Newsome Melton Wants to Help You

If you think that you or a loved one suffered harm because of medical negligence, a malpractice lawyer can help. We can evaluate your facts to see if you might have a medical malpractice case. We perform this valuable service at no charge to you. Knowing that doctors can get in trouble for misdiagnosis, we hope that you call Newsome Melton today at (855) 633-2757 to get started. The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation


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