With all of the tools available in modern medicine one might assume that misdiagnosis is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Autopsies suggest that treating doctors misdiagnose fatal illnesses about twenty percent of the time.
Misdiagnosis can occur if a doctor fails to generate and explore a reasonable list of alternative possible causes of the patient’s symptoms and jumps to a conclusion. For example, a doctor might assume that a lump in the breast is just a cyst or that rectal bleeding is from hemorrhoids. Misdiagnosis can also result from a doctor failing to order the appropriate diagnostic studies, failing to review lab test or imaging data, failing to follow up on an abnormal finding or abnormal test result, or failing to refer the patient to a specialist.
The consequences of misdiagnosis can be devastating for patients. For example:
- Cancer – A missed diagnosis could involve a doctor diagnosing the wrong type of cancer, making a diagnosis of cancer when the condition is actually not cancer, or failing to diagnose cancer when cancer is present.
- Brain tumor – When a brain tumor is not diagnosed, treatment opportunities are lost. There can be permanent damage to the brain and other organs.
- Diabetes – If the patient who needs insulin and doesn’t get it he or she may suffer serious harm or even death.
- Heart conditions – If a doctor fails to appreciate that a patient is having a heart attack or a stroke the patient can suffer permanent injuries including cardiac tissue damage, paralysis or death.
- Infections – The early symptoms of serious bacterial infections can resemble the symptoms of viral flu. Failure to timely diagnose salmonella or E. coli can result in severe medical complications for children, pregnant women, and the elderly.
Not every doctor who fails to make the correct diagnosis falls below the standard of care. Let the experienced attorneys at Bode & Collins, P.L.C. help you figure out if you have a claim for medical malpractice. While money can’t bring back health or a loved one, it can help defray the costs associated with an injury or the untimely death of a spouse or parent.
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If you think you have been injured because of an Arizona doctor’s misdiagnosis, we are here to help. Contact our office today at 480-355-5020 for a free, confidential consultation. If we take your case we will front all costs and you will not pay any attorneys’ fees unless there is a settlement or verdict in your favor.