Misdiagnosis by a Hospital or Doctor
Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis may occur where a medical professional fails to diagnose a condition or incorrectly diagnoses the patient’s condition. In either case, the consequences can be severe. Victims of such malpractice can suffer further complications which may lead to serious and permanent injury; and, sadly, even death in some instances. If you are a victim, it is in your best interests to speak with one of our medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia.
The Reasonableness of the Diagnosis
Doctors can and do make mistakes; as much as we, as patients, would prefer to believe otherwise, that is the reality. However, not every mistake, as a medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia will explain, constitutes malpractice. The legal issues then become whether the diagnosis was:
- And caused the patient actual harm
Nurses or other hospital staff may be charged with collecting the medical information necessary for the doctor to conclude how she or he will proceed. As your medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia will tell you, your doctor must independently confirm and authorize any conclusions rendered by others. Nonetheless, the hospital may share some liability for improper hiring practices or failure to monitor the staff.
If an improper diagnosis was rendered, actual harm to the patient must have occurred; that is, some additional pain, suffering or permanent damage that would not have happened but for a proper diagnosis. Your medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia will tell you that although this is a difficult fact to prove, medical experts can testify as to the proper protocol that should have been performed.
Minor or severe injuries can occur from a misdiagnosis; a failure to diagnose a recognizable condition can be lethal. Improper treatment for a misdiagnosed ailment can be devastating. Be certain you have the correct information you need to make the appropriate decisions if your health has been compromised by a misdiagnosis of a medical condition.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Philadelphia
If you have any reason to suspect you have received less than the proper medical care you have a right to receive, contact Gerard G. Bernhardt, Jr.& Associates, P.C., at 1650 Market St. Suite 5500, Philadelphia, PA 19103, phone/215-854-0315 or fax/215-854-0083.