If you fall ill or experience an injury, you may find yourself visiting the emergency room or a local doctor’s office to learn more about your health problem. Your doctor may give you a medical exam, ask you questions, and request a number of tests or X-rays to determine the extent of your injury or illness. The treatment that you are given will depend largely on your doctor’s diagnosis. However, sometimes even medical professionals make mistakes and may incorrectly diagnose your condition.
Aftermath of a Wrong Diagnosis
An incorrect diagnosis of your medical problem could create a number of complications. Not only could your health worsen, but you could also be left with expensive medical bills for treatment that you do not need. Below is a list of problems associated with a wrong diagnosis:
- Your actual health problem may remain untreated
- The incorrect treatment you are receiving could actually worsen your condition, causing you to require additional treatment
- You may be paying for unnecessary treatments and prescriptions
- Your recovery time could be lengthened, causing you to miss work and other important obligations
If you have received medical attention for a health condition and know or suspect that you were given an incorrect diagnosis, there may be legal options available to you. A wrong diagnosis can qualify as an act of negligence on the doctor’s part, meaning that you may be able to pursue a lawsuit for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses caused by your doctor’s error.
For more information on how a medical malpractice lawsuit can help you recover from a costly medical mistake, contact a St. Louis wrong diagnosis attorney of the Finney Law Office at 314-646-0300.