If a doctor fails to properly diagnose your condition, there are many problems that can arise in the aftermath. It’s even worse when the condition the doctor misses is serious or terminal. Unfortunately, this type of situation can lead to significant issues and it’s most often you who suffers the devastating results.
Failure to Receive Treatment
Imagine having a terminal illness such as cancer, but your doctor diagnoses you with something less serious. They offer you medication, tell you to rest, and want to see you again a few months after the initial visit. Unfortunately, this can lead to the more serious condition getting worse.
If a condition like cancer goes untreated, it can spread throughout the entire body, and it may make it to a stage where treatment is too late. In these situations, the condition can become too much to overcome.
While most people think that cancer is a death sentence anyway, many patients can receive treatment and potentially get the cancer removed. Misdiagnosis means taking away any chance the patient has.
Receiving Incorrect Treatment
A misdiagnosis may also cause you to receive improper treatment. It can go beyond medication errors. A misdiagnosis can also result in you undergoing a surgical procedure you don’t need. Surgery when you don’t need it can lead to internal damage, unnecessary recovery time (and missed work), and more.
A doctor must take the correct steps to provide an accurate diagnosis. From the moment the misdiagnosis occurs, it can lead to improper testing and more. In these cases, it’s most often the doctor who is accountable for the damages you sustain.
Our Tampa medical malpractice lawyers at Gunn Law Group P.A. are ready to stand by your side whenever you suffer harm at the hands of a medical professional. We focus on safeguarding your best interests through the complex legal system so you can peace of mind every step of the way.
Whether you need help filing a medical malpractice lawsuit or you’re a referring attorney, we’re ready to help. Call us at (813) 993-1448 today.