Any time an individual visits a medical professional there is a risk that an accident or mistake will have dangerous and damaging results to the patient. While many people visit medical professionals every day without any mistakes or complications, medical malpractice continues to be a problem in nearly every branch of the medical community.
One of the most dangerous medical malpractice issues is the delivery of an incorrect diagnosis by a doctor to his or her patient. With this type of malpractice, a person actually faces two separate malpractice issues: incorrect treatment and failure to treat.
The first threat of a wrong diagnosis comes from “incorrect treatment.” If a doctor diagnoses a patient with a medical condition that he / she does not have and treats for this condition, the patient will receive treatment that is unnecessary and could be potentially harmful to his / her underlying medical condition.
Additionally, a patient who has received a wrong diagnosis will suffer from a “failure to diagnose,” as his / her doctor has not identified the true medical problem. The longer the real medical problem goes untreated, the more likely it is that it will continue to worsen and could reach a point where it is no longer treatable.
This is especially dangerous in the case of time-sensitive conditions, such as cancer. The longer that cancer goes untreated or unnoticed, the more likely it is that it will spread and worsen. By the time it is finally identified, it may no longer be treatable, or may only be treatable through very invasive procedures.
If you believe that you have received an incorrect diagnosis, you need to contact a legal professional as quickly as possible so that he / she can begin building a strong case against the individuals responsible for your injuries.