Some people underestimate the effects of misdiagnosis, mostly because minor misdiagnoses likely happen all the time. Doctors have to rule out provisional diagnoses to figure out what the real underlying problem is. It is the final and major misdiagnoses that can cause significant harm to a patient and even death in some cases because these are the ones that come with heavy treatments and surgeries. Most surgeries are irreversible and certain treatments can be too. Consider hiring an Oklahoma medical negligence lawyer if you suffered serious injuries from medical negligence or a misdiagnosis.
Consequences of Misdiagnosis
Around 34 percent of medical malpractice claims involve a misdiagnosis that either led to significant personal injuries and disabilities or death. A misdiagnosis can mean an incorrect or a delayed diagnosis. Both types of misdiagnosis can be harmful to the patient.
The diagnostic mistakes that tend to lead to the most patient harm involve cancer, infections, and cardiovascular conditions like heart disease or strokes. All of these are serious medical conditions that can lead to death or lifelong disabilities if not treated the right way. Overall, these diagnostic errors make up the most catastrophic and costly of all medical malpractice claims with around 80,000 deaths a year as a result.
Imagine receiving a surgery for the removal of an organ to save your life, only the surgery was based on a misdiagnosis and resulted in the permanent loss of one of your organs. Now, your condition has still not improved, you likely had to pay some out-of-pocket expenses for the surgery, and you lost an important organ.
Knowing how to handle these types of situations that result from diagnostic errors can be important for receiving the compensation you deserve for the damages you suffered. A lawyer can help you organize the evidence and documents you need to prove malpractice.
Why Misdiagnosis Happens
Common causes of misdiagnoses tend to revolve around the carelessness of medical staff members or doctors. The majority of diagnostic errors have been reported to happen because of flawed thinking and downright negligence of medical staff. This runs contrary to the popular opinion that misdiagnosis happens because the medical condition is extremely rare or new.
However, some health professionals also attribute misdiagnosis to time pressures, higher patient numbers, and complicated technology-based medical tests. One of the reasons these errors continue to happen is because hospitals are underreporting or ignoring them. Diagnostic errors may not be deemed as important as other types of malpractice, even though they make up a significant portion of malpractice cases.
Medical Negligence Lawyer in Oklahoma
The financial and emotional aftermath of a misdiagnosis can be overwhelming, especially if you suffered a disability as a result. Talk to a medical negligence lawyer in Oklahoma if you suffered personal injuries or the death of a loved one after a misdiagnosis. You could be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds today at (405) 721-9500 for a free consultation. We will work with you to defend your rights.