When we seek the care of a medical professional, we do so with the unspoken hope that our trust in them is not misplaced. We rely upon them for their knowledge and expertise, and in doing so we put our future and well being into their hands. Unfortunately, physicians can make mistakes. A wrong diagnosis of a medical condition or injury can lead to far more than a simple delay in getting better. Depending upon the circumstances, a misdiagnosis can lead to the wrong treatment being provided or no treatment being provided at all. Medical conditions can worsen, and this can even lead to death.
If you have suffered due to a misdiagnosis then you need the knowledgeable legal counsel of a Philadelphia misdiagnosis attorney from the law firm of Bochetto & Lentz. Our legal professionals will listen to you carefully and ask all the right questions about your situation. Not every misdiagnosis falls under the category of medical malpractice, but you can rely on Bochetto & Lentz to understand the full impact of what has happened to you and provide you with the answers you need.
It is important to remember when you have been misdiagnosed that doctors are not expected to be perfect or right all of the time. However, there are certain things that are expected. Where a doctor-patient relationship exists, the doctor is expected to provide treatment in a reasonably skillful and competent way, and it is expected that the doctor will not cause injury. If it can be proven that your physician’s misdiagnosis was due to negligence or carelessness, and that the negligence caused harm, then your Philadelphia misdiagnosis attorney will likely advise you that you have a valid medical malpractice case worth pursuing.
When a misdiagnosis of a patient’s condition takes place, it is important to determine whether it was caused by a diagnostic error or whether there was some kind of failure during the course of identifying the differential diagnoses that were probable in a particular situation. A differential diagnosis is the method by which all physicians consider different causes for a patient’s symptoms. The physician will ask probing questions and run tests in order to eliminate the different possibilities until they are left with the best answer as to what is wrong. The most common cause of negligent misdiagnoses occur when a physician does not include a diagnosis that another physician would have, or if they rule out the correct diagnosis based upon improperly conducting tests or assessing their patient’s condition.
The most important question in any misdiagnosis lawsuit is what kind of harm was caused by the physician’s negligence. If the patient’s condition worsened more than it would have had competent care been provided, or if the patient is at greater risk for recurrence of illness, then reimbursement can be sought for damages. If you believe you have been the victim of medical negligence or misdiagnosis, call the Philadelphia misdiagnosis lawyers at Bochetto & Lentz for more information on how we can help you.
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