Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose
One of the most important things a doctor does for his or her patients is diagnose illnesses, diseases and medical conditions. When you are not feeling well, you go to the doctor expecting an explanation about what is happening to you and an appropriate treatment to make you feel better. But sometimes, doctors make mistakes in diagnosis. When these mistakes are due to negligence or carelessness and they lead to further health complications, you have a right to pursue legal action.
At the personal injury firm of Davis Levin Livingston, we assist clients in pursuing medical malpractice claims against healthcare providers that fail in their duty to their patients. Failure to diagnose an illness or disease can have catastrophic results and can even lead to death. You deserve the opportunity to have your voice heard by the Hawaii courts, and to get compensation for what was done to you.
Reasons For A Failure To Diagnose Or Misdiagnosis
The specific reason for failing to diagnose or misdiagnosis can vary widely from situation to situation. Your doctor may be under a lot of stress, or may not be getting as much sleep as necessary. He or she may believe that double-checking decisions and further examination of situations is not warranted. Or maybe your doctor is just careless or reckless.
Hospitals and medical care facilities can be hectic environments, stressful workplaces where people are constantly racing against the clock to take care of numerous patients. However, this work environment is something that every care provider must deal with and account for. Doctors and healthcare providers understand that stress is part of the job and must account for it in what they do.
No matter what the reason, when a doctor fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses a patient and this failure leads to further injury, it is always important to look further into the circumstances surrounding the failure. If it is discovered that the doctor was not doing his or her job correctly, you have a right to pursue damages for this mistake. The injuries or illness may have permanent effects on your life, after all.
Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosing a medical issue can result from:
- Ordering the wrong tests
- Misreading medical tests
- Misreading x-rays
- Failing to order medical tests
- Ignoring symptoms
Signs Your Doctor Got Something Wrong
Without a qualified medical opinion, it is often very difficult to tell if your doctor made a mistake in your diagnosis. However, there are a few things you can look for that may tell you something is wrong. These include:
- No improvement from the treatment your doctor prescribed
- The current treatment protocol is leaving you feeling worse than you were before
- Your doctor seems uncertain when he or she talks to you about diagnosis or treatment
- Your doctor is dismissive of your description of your symptoms
When you feel like you are seeing signs that you have been misdiagnosed, your first step should always be to seek a second opinion. Doctors are human and can make mistakes. Your health should be your top priority, not the opinion of a single doctor.
If you are still feeling unwell following a diagnosis and treatment, or you are feeling progressively worse as time goes on, seek out the opinion of another medical professional. You can visit several doctors if you need to until you get a response that you can feel satisfied with.
Contact Our Honolulu Medical Malpractice Firm Now
If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed by a doctor and it has led to injury or death, please contact our medical malpractice firm as soon as possible. There is a strong possibility that you can pursue damages against the responsible party. While a successful case will not take back what happened to you, it can help you pay for further medical care, missed work and to take care of the needs of your loved ones. A successful case can also help protect other patients from a similar outcome.
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Please contact us now to get started.