Nobody likes going to the hospital, but when this happens, we trust medical professionals with our life and accept the advice and information they provide. Sadly, mistakes can happen and a doctor or other healthcare provider can misdiagnose a condition leading to serious complications — even death. Such event may be deemed medical negligence and you may be eligible to claim a compensation for it.
When a patient’s health is correctly diagnosed in a timely manner, the person can get the necessary treatment before there is serious harm. This may mean taking a medication, adopting certain lifestyle changes, or even going for surgery right away. If a doctor fails to diagnose a patient or misdiagnoses their ailment, this can lead to delayed or even lack of treatment. In this case, the affected patient can make medical negligence claims against the doctor or health institution.
Commonly Diagnosed Injuries or Conditions
Any kind of illness or injury can be worsened if a doctor fails to diagnose the condition in a prompt manner. However, some conditions are more misdiagnosed or ignored than others; these include:
Cancer misdiagnosis happens more often than you imagine. Cancer types like prostrate, breast and cervical can be detected through screening processes which makes for early discovery. But this isn’t the case for other cancer types such as kidney and pancreatic cancer, as detection can be challenging. Typically, patients trust medical professionals to interpret telltale signs and provide solutions. Unfortunately, some cancers manifest symptoms of other common conditions; for instance, lung cancer may manifest col or flu-like symptoms, and may just be interpreted as a simple cough or chest congestion.