People often put their trust in medical professionals to do the right thing so that patients can recover from their illnesses. When a patient sees their doctor, they expect everything should be done to determine the problem and possible solutions. When this isn’t done, then a patient may suffer from a misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis.
A misdiagnosis and a missed diagnosis both sound very similar. Both of these terms are forms of medical malpractice and can cause someone to suffer from serious medical conditions. While the two terms can lead to medical malpractice, it may still be important to understand the difference between the two. Here’s what you should know:
What’s the difference between a misdiagnosis and a missed diagnosis?
A misdiagnosis happens when a doctor treats the wrong issue. This often happens because many medical problems have similar symptoms, which is why doctors have patients undergo so many tests.
A misdiagnosis can happen, for example, if a doctor believes a sore throat was caused by allergies, but further testing could conclude it as strep throat. When a patient is misdiagnosed, they may be prescribed medications or treatments that don’t resolve the original issue. Worse, the wrong treatments can also cause patients to suffer serious side effects.
A missed diagnosis is often a lot easier to notice, but just as frustrating and dangerous. A missed diagnosis often happens when a doctor dismisses a patient’s symptoms. In the past, a large number of women suffered from missed diagnoses because doctors would say it was “all in their heads.” Today, that could lead to serious legal battles.
You shouldn’t let a doctor’s negligence cause you to suffer from serious medical conditions. Understanding your rights could help you get the compensation you deserve.