Implications of Misdiagnosis
The doctor profession has existed for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient times of famous physicians like Hippocrates. Conversely, doctors will continue to be a needed profession for many years into the future. Why? The human body is not perfect. There is seemingly a never-ending supply of errors, conditions, and faults that appear in men and women both young and old, and these flaws must be corrected by doctors.
The field of medicine has made astounding leaps over the years, and doctors continue to a hold a respected position in the professional field. That said, doctors are not perfect either. To this day, doctors still make mistakes that can change the lives of their patients. One type of mistake is a misdiagnosis: when a doctor fails to properly and fully recognize a problem in his or her patient.
Misdiagnosis can lead to a host of problems:
#1: Incorrect Prescription
A fairly typical response to a medical condition is to prescribe medicine and drugs for the patient to consume. If a doctor misdiagnoses a patient, he or she might prescribe the wrong type of drug. Many drugs are highly specific and may cause devastating side effects if the patient does not have the condition the drug is designed to treat. Additionally, misdiagnosis may cause the doctor to prescribe the wrong amount of doses, either too large or too small, or at intervals too frequent or too far apart.
#2: Incorrect Treatment
Sometimes drugs and medication is not the answer to a medical condition. A certain medical procedure, such as surgery, to correct the condition in the patient’s body. Misdiagnosis in this regard can cause several unfortunate outcomes: the surgery might end up being needless and a waste of time, the doctor may perform too much work or too little during the operation, or the procedure may worsen the symptoms of the patient.
Some doctors may end the appointment with “let’s keep an eye on it”. While this may be a valid response for some conditions, such as a broken bone placed in a cast, some conditions may require immediate medical attention that doctors either overlook or ignore. Patients that do not receive the medicine or treatment they need may find that their symptoms increase in severity. Negligent misdiagnosis can have horrendous effects, such as a doctor failing to catch cancer at an early stage.
Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice or negligence, depending on the case. Regardless of which case it is, the first thing you should do is contact Colley & Colley immediately. Our lawyers, experienced and knowledgeable in this field, will assist you in recovering compensation for damages suffered as a result of the doctor’s malpractice or negligence. Contact an attorney in Tyler, Texas to get started today.