Misdiagnosis is a general term referring to many types of incorrect diagnostic actions from a medical professional. The elements to prove a misdiagnosis case are similar to the general points one must prove in any medical malpractice case in Maryland. As such, certain conditions must have been met for diagnostic errors to be considered a valid case of improper patient care
What is Misdiagnosis?
A misdiagnosis is often thought of as simply an incorrect diagnosis— the doctor tells you that you have the flu, but you really have food poisoning. While doctors and other certified medical professionals are trained to make the right diagnoses, even highly-skilled doctors can make mistakes. Furthermore, the term “misdiagnosis” case can also encompass delayed diagnosis, missed diagnosis, or failure to recognize changing, i.e worsening, conditions. Sometimes, making one correct diagnosis means the doctor overlooked the need to make a second diagnosis of a different problem.
How Misdiagnosis Causes Harm
The failure to recognize and identify an ailment or condition, or discovering the information too late, can cause major roadblocks in a patient’s treatment. In some cases, misdiagnosed patients can experience worsening health conditions, and may suffer additional injury. Caregivers working with missing or incorrect patient information could mean wasted time and subjecting the patient to unnecessary and costly treatments.
After proving that a doctor-patient relationship existed, and that the doctor’s behaviors were negligent and deviated from the standard of care, one must show that the doctor’s negligence caused the injuries and resulting damages to the patient. Proving causation is difficult in a misdiagnosis case since they must show that the injuries the patient sustained were far worse than it would have been if a correct diagnosis was made in the first place. The patient must prove a medical professional of similar specialty would not have made a misdiagnosis. Usually, an expert opinion is necessary to determine if a competent doctor would have made the same diagnosis, or if the misdiagnosing doctor followed correct procedures leading up to their diagnosis.
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