Malpractice Due to Misdiagnosis
If your condition has been misdiagnosed and your health has worsened as a result, you may be able to file a claim in Ohio for medical malpractice. Healthcare facilities and physicians owe you a duty of care. When they breach this duty, you can hold them liable for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
Diseases and disorders that present with mild and non-existent symptoms and give rise to a medical malpractice claim include:
- high cholesterol;
- type 2 diabetes;
- sexually transmitted diseases; and
- chronic kidney disease.
Some conditions can be difficult to detect. These include:
- whooping cough;
- lactose intolerance;
- sleeping disorders; and
- celiac disease.
In the case of cancer misdiagnosis, doctors many fail to:
- identify suspicious lumps;
- recognize symptoms;
- order necessary tests;
- review test results;
- provide follow-up treatment;
- conduct additional tests; or
- inaccurately diagnose a malignant tumor as benign.
If your cancer was misdiagnosed, this may have caused a significant delay in receiving the chemotherapy or radiation treatment that could have prevented the disease from spreading to other organs. If this happened to you or someone you love, our medical malpractice attorneys can help you recover damages for treatment and other expenses. Filing a claim may also prevent this from happening to someone else.
A Second Opinion
It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion if you question your doctor’s judgment. Another physician may detect a malignant tumor that your doctor missed, or he or she may order a bone density scan that reveals osteoporosis.
You may also opt to see a specialist. For example, if you’ve studied your symptoms, consulted a medical dictionary or WebMD, and have reason to believe that you suffer from chronic kidney disease, a nephrologist will know what to look for and which tests to order to confirm or disprove that suspicion.