What is Misdiagnosis After Accident?
Misdiagnosis is a form of Medical Malpractice. Medical dramas and social media barely depict the horrors of what happens when a doctor gets it wrong in the real world. When clients seek Medical Malpractice lawyers, it’s more than likely they are a victim of a physician causing them harm.
So, what happens when a doctor fails to treat injuries correctly, or worse, fails to treat them at all? Keep reading for all the answers…
What happens when Misdiagnosis goes undetected?
There are some instances where doctors fail to order correct testing or provide a pattern of substandard care. This leaves a patient feeling worse than before. As for the physician they may be committing a form of Medical Malpractice known as Misdiagnosis. This is not a term anyone is using lightly. Understanding what this legal term actually means is important in cases such as those with brain injuries. Why? Certain injuries can be fatal without a correct diagnosis, quickly.
What are the consequences of Misdiagnosis?
Sometimes we fail to consider the physicians that treat us can have a less than outstanding track record. Ensure that any doctor performing a medical procedure is Board Certified and their license is free of any negative marks.
The consequences of Misdiagnosis are far reaching. Failure to correctly make a diagnosis in a timely manner leads to unnecessary procedures and causes harm. Failure to diagnose a brain injury, confusing it for another injury such as a concussion, has negative consequences for patients. Failing to diagnose something as serious as a TBI, can be fatal.
Can Floridians trust all physicians?
Not all physicians are equal! Remember, not every doctor receives Board Certification. And those are the doctors not fit to treat patients! When a patient sees a physician after an accident, they’ll usually find the physician can easily figure out what’s wrong. After diagnosing the problem, a competent physician can treat the injury and restore a patient’s quality of life.
Competent doctors may send the patient out for further diagnostic testing. This is due to the fact the best doctors admit when they’re unfamiliar with symptoms. When a physician sends a patient to a specialist, they’re acting responsibly.
When one doctor has doubts, they need to speak up. Sending a patient for a second opinion with their medical history, diagnostic imaging, and a referral is within a doctor’s duty of care.
What is diagnostic imaging?
Diagnostic imaging is necessary to piece together the patients “medical puzzle”. Diagnostic imaging pins down the cause of the patient’s injury. Imaging often includes:
- Imaging such as MRI, CT scan, or X-Rays
- Blood tests
- Biopsies or other pathology
- Endoscopy, colonoscopy
- Nerve conduction studies, EEG
- Echocardiogram or EKG
When a physician receives results of testing, they will schedule a followup to go over them with the patient. This is when they discuss further treatment options, if the pathology found within the results requires it. A lot of the time, the patient fully recovers after receiving the correct treatment for their injuries.
What is Florida’s Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice and Misdiagnosis?
Remember: in the state of Florida, the Statute of Limitations is (2) two years. Therefore, retaining a lawyer and filing a claim is a time sensitive issue. And it’s one that requires due diligence! If a victim with a TBI exceeds the Statute of Limitations, the court will dismiss the case.
What are Floridians’ rights to compensation after Misdiagnosis?
When a patient receives a misdiagnosis from a physician, they have a right to compensation. Compensation is sought on their behalf by a Personal Injury lawyer with experience in medical malpractice. This means a lawyer who’s in the trenches. Top brain injury lawyers see the inside of a courtroom every month on behalf of their clients fighting misdiagnosis cases. However, before a victim can receive compensation for pain and suffering, there are certain requirements that must be met. Medical Malpractice is among the most serious claims a patient can make against a doctor. These claims must be substantial to the letter of the law before a judge can award just compensation.
The next section of this article seeks to explain the requirements.
What’s required for a Medical Malpractice claim in Florida?
To file a this type of claim against a healthcare provider in Florida for Misdiagnosis, the following criteria must exist:
- A physician-patient relationship is present. If a patient has been seeing the provider on a regular basis, and they have been treated for the diagnosed condition for a period of time, the doctor-patient relationship is present. There are some cases that do not satisfy this requirement. One example, a situation where a patient receives care indirectly. This implies the patient has no direct doctor-patient relationship with the third-party physician, and therefore the requirement isn’t being met.
- Negligence on the doctor’s part. A victim and their lawyer must be able to show that a doctor’s negligence is the cause of irreparable injury. We trust our physicians to meet the standard of care. They must uphold the Hippocratic Oath they swore upon graduating medical school. When they fail to do so, it’s patients who are suffering. Usually a medical expert testifies during trial or attends a deposition to determine the validity of this claim.
What else should I consider when dealing with Misdiagnosis?
- Did the doctor cause the injury? We go to the doctor when we’re sick or in pain. It’s necessary to prove that the treating physician is the cause of worsening injury or illness. Also, that it was not an underlying condition causing the patient to deteriorate while being under the physician’s care. In many cases of TBI Misdiagnosis, a doctor confuses the symptoms for a concussion. Leaving a TBI too long can result in permanent brain damage and death.
- The injury causes irreparable harm or damage to the patient. Negligence alone does not satisfy requirements for a Misdiagnosis claim. The patient needs to prove because of the doctor’s neglect in correctly identifying the injury, they’re suffering irreparable harm.
Wait… there’s even more about Misdiagnosis?
Yes! Misdiagnosis is complex and far reaching. Continue reading to fully understand how Misdiagnosis can factor into your Personal Injury case.
Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor diagnoses a patient incorrectly. It becomes Medical Malpractice when the doctor provides incorrect treatment. In certain instances, the doctor is liable for pain and suffering. A judge may also order they pay damages to the patient for causing harm. A common injury receiving Misdiagnosis is TBI. TBI injuries are “invisible”, and thus, can receive the wrong diagnosis if doctors don’t use a duty of care.
Misdiagnosis is often the cause of avoidable injury and fatalities if caught early in the patient’s care. A trustworthy doctor is one who confronts their error in diagnosis. A doctor who reviews test results again to fully understand what went wrong. This is known as meeting the standard of care. However, there are physicians who act carelessly. These are doctors who won’t give a patient’s chart a second glance. This can result in a disastrous outcome for the patient. If the error isn’t caught and misdiagnosis occurs, the patient’s life is then at risk. Ultimately, a wrongful death may leave the physician liable for avoidable tragedy.
Florida’s best Personal Injury lawyers
When a Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis victim satisfies requirements to bring a lawsuit against a negligent physician, they must act quickly to retain a Personal Injury lawyer. It’s important the attorney has the client’s best interest. The lawyer also must have previous successful outcomes with complex injury, TBI, Misdiagnosis, and Medical Malpractice cases. Shaked Law Firm satisfies these requirements!