Nearly one million people in the United States seek care in a hospital due to pneumonia, with 50,000 of those cases resulting in death each year (CDC). Pneumonia can often be prevented and treated, but it requires the early detection and diagnosis of a medical professional. If a doctor fails to observe the symptoms and diagnose the condition correctly, the patient could suffer as a result. Read on to learn when pneumonia misdiagnosis is considered medical negligence.
Why is Pneumonia Misdiagnosed?
Pneumonia is characterized as lung inflammation caused by a bacterial or viral infection, in which the air sacs fill with pus. The condition is a common affliction and appears similar to several other conditions such as bronchitis, sinus infection, adult measles, and acute respiratory distress. Doctors are trained to detect the specific symptoms associated with pneumonia, but some physicians misdiagnose their patient.
When the Doctor Fails in His or Her Duty
Doctors and medical professionals must adhere to the standard of care for each and every patient. If any of the following occur, the doctor has failed his or her duty:
- Fails to order x-rays or diagnostic testing
- Fails to order blood tests
- Fails to foresee complications
- Fails to provide instructions or follow-up care
- Administers a hurried examination
Holding Doctors Accountable for Medical Malpractice
In most cases, the doctor is liable if his or her actions cause harm to the patient. Common examples of medical malpractice include exposing the patient to unnecessary and harmful treatment, increasing the likelihood of complications or death, and increasing the chances of severe or fatal pneumonia due to delayed diagnosis. Every case is different, and it may be difficult to determine if your doctor’s actions are considered negligent. Your case requires a careful and thoughtful review of a lawyer experienced in medical malpractice.
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