Signs that your doctor may have misdiagnosed you may include:
- If your doctor does not give you enough time to discuss your health or does not run tests
- If your condition does not improve after receiving treatment
- If you have an ailment that shares symptoms with other illnesses
The best way to tell if you have been misdiagnosed may be to schedule an evaluation with a new doctor. If they examine your condition and arrive at a new diagnosis, it may indicate that you were misdiagnosed by the original doctor.
Misdiagnosis may be an act of negligence, and people whose conditions become worse or who develop new injuries from a misdiagnosis may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible party.
Signs of Misdiagnoses
You may be able to tell that you have been misdiagnosed if any of the following conditions hold.
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Your Condition Is Not Improving
The ultimate goal of your doctor is to help you get better. If your condition does not improve after your doctor or caregiver initiates treatments, this may indicate that you were misdiagnosed. It can also indicate that your caregiver diagnosed or administered treatments for one of your symptoms instead of your underlying ailment.
Your Doctor Does Not Give You Enough Time
A doctor or hospital may squeeze more patients into their schedule than they can reliably treat. Rushing patient care may lead to a wide range of errors and mistakes, such as drug administration errors, errors taking patient histories, and a lack of follow-up care.
If you cannot get through to your doctor to discuss changes in your health or new symptoms you are experiencing, this may indicate a misdiagnosis on the part of your doctor.
Your Doctor Does Not Run Diagnostic Tests or Exams
Some illnesses can be diagnosed with basic patient information, but many illnesses require some level of testing before your doctor can definitively say that you do or do not have a certain illness or ailment. If your doctor does not run tests or runs tests and does not discuss your results with you, this may indicate a misdiagnosis.
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Your Condition Shares Symptoms with Other Common Illnesses
If you have an illness that leads to symptoms that are shared with other illnesses, your doctor may incorrectly diagnose you as having one of the other illnesses instead of the illness that you actually have. If this happens, you may receive treatments for an illness that you do not have while your actual condition goes untreated.
A Second Opinion Verifies a Misdiagnosis
One of the most definitive ways of telling that you have been misdiagnosed is getting a second opinion from another doctor who has not seen you before. If the other doctor takes the time to take a thorough medical history, performs tests to verify his or her assumptions, and arrives at a diagnosis that is different from your original diagnosis, this may be proof that you were initially misdiagnosed.
A Misdiagnosis May Be Medical Malpractice
The costs of misdiagnosis can be high. It can include outcomes that are worse than they would have been had a proper diagnosis been made, new injuries, and even death. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, leading to over 250,000 deaths annually.
If a misdiagnosis qualifies as medical malpractice, the responsible party may owe the injured patient compensation for their resulting medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other types of damages. Patients may be able to recover this compensation in a medical malpractice insurance claim or lawsuit.
Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Today
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. represents misdiagnosed medical malpractice victims in the greater New York City area. If you qualify, we will handle your medical malpractice insurance claim or lawsuit on a contingency-fee-basis. We commit to you that we will:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify liable parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Gather evidence
- Determine a value for your case
- Fight to win the compensation you deserve
Our firm will also hire medical experts, vocational rehabilitation specialists, life care planners, and economists to testify in your defense, as needed.
If you are considering legal action for your injuries, do not delay. Per New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules (CVP) §214-A, there is a limited amount of time to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York.
If you believe you were misdiagnosed, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400. A member of our team will provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation on your case. Our multilingual staff assists callers in Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada.