A failure to correctly diagnose a medical condition can be seriously troubling for a patient and family members. Doctors are meant to catch your disorder, disease, or other condition before it can cause damage. If they don't or they make a mistake during diagnosis, you could face side effects and a long recovery time. Sometimes a misdiagnosis can be fatal.
If a delay in diagnosis results in an injury or a disease's progression further than it would have with a normal, timely diagnosis, you could be able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors should perform a differential diagnosis at the time patients bring their concerns to their attention. If they did not or failed to recognize an obvious cause of illness, they could be found negligent.
It can be hard to prove medical malpractice, but you can do so. You will need to be able to show that no other doctor would have failed to diagnose you in the manner that yours did, or you can attempt to show that failing to order tests or other procedures led to additional pain and suffering.
If you lost a loved one due to the progression of a disease, you may want to show the court medical records or other information about the length of time the disease went without being diagnosed. If it wasn't diagnosed until after death, this can be a sign that a doctor was not taking adequate time to determine a diagnosis, especially if the patient had been dismissed as being healthy.
Our website has more information on the ways you can try to prove medical malpractice. This can help bring people peace of mind after a horrible event.