The health industry is complicated. There may be legitimate reasons for the patient’s worsening condition and the doctor’s failing treatment processes. But there are also times where these happen because of the incompetence or negligence on the side of the medical staff, such as when they have misdiagnosed the patient.

According to the website of the Benton Law Firm, those who have been hurt because of medical malpractice incidents like misdiagnosis may receive compensation. This is just right, because the medical malpractice will result into significant financial damages. It may result into ridiculous medical bills, in the form of treatment and corrective costs. It also means that the patient may miss time to be productive, like going to work, school, or taking care of his or her family.

There are different kinds of misdiagnosis, and each possesses their own dangers:

  • A healthy patient has been diagnosed ill
  • An ill patient has been diagnosed healthy
  • A patient has been diagnosed with a wrong condition
  • A patient has been diagnosed with the wrong sub-type of a disease

A healthy patient determined to be ill may get unnecessary treatment, which may make complications to really arise. An ill patient determined to be healthy may experience worsening of his or her condition, and treatment may be delayed or in-existent. A patient diagnosed with a wrong condition or the wrong sub-type of a condition may receive unnecessary treatment and experience worsening symptoms. On the worst cases, these misdiagnosis incidents result into death.

To determine the viability of misdiagnosis claims, or medical malpractice claims in general, certain conditions are investigated, such as:

  • The legitimacy of the medical professional and patient relationship
  • The medical professional has duty of care toward the patient
  • The duty of care has been violated, either by action or inaction
  • The violation has caused any form of harm to the patient

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