Understanding Differences Between Missed Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis

Understanding Differences Between Missed Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis

Every year, many people will fall ill or become involved in accidents that leave them in a difficult position. Some of the illnesses that people come down with can actually be quite severe in nature and you can be left with serious physical symptoms that require the help of a medical professional, whether at a doctor’s office or in a hospital. However, you might be left with a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney if you find that a serious mistake is made like missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.

There are many common types of medical malpractice that occur each year in New Jersey, including surgical mistakes or medication errors. However, after research has been conducted on many levels, researchers found that diagnostic errors are among some of the most common. Not only are these claims some of the most expensive when they occur, but they also lead to the most harm in the patients involved.

Missed Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis: What’s the Difference?  

It is a simple fact that no matter the medical professional, a mistake can always be made because we as humans are prone to mistakes. However, in the case of misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis, a patient could receive very real harm and be left with few options for recovery. Today, we will look at some of the ways that misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis differ and how either one applies to your claim.

Misdiagnosis: When you visit your doctor, you should not always expect that you will get an answer right off the bat. This is due to the fact that you will not be diagnosed by every doctor, but instead, be sent for a litany of tests that will be ordered by a multitude of specialists in some cases. The symptoms that you feel might be confusing to doctors, which is why your injury or illness diagnosis might not be immediate and you will need to be patient throughout the process.

In the first few appointments you have with doctors, it is not uncommon to answer a wide variety of questions asked by your doctor and have necessary tests run that can lead to a diagnosis that can help put you on the long but promising road to recovery. You might find that some symptoms are difficult to test for or that the symptoms that you have been experiencing give you the same symptoms as another type of illness or disease.

Because of this, doctors are always supposed to use a standard of care and their best judgment to diagnose the illness or condition that you are experiencing as opposed to other illnesses. Unfortunately, it is not always a mistake and you do not always have a case just because a doctor thought you had one illness and not another, especially when they have seemingly done everything they could to reach a conclusion about your symptoms. However, if you believe that a serious and even fatal mistake has been made when you were misdiagnosed by a doctor or other medical professional, you might have a claim.

Because of the fact that it took so long to reach your diagnosis, you might have experienced a large amount of pain, stress, and worsening of your illness, all of which can have a major impact on your life. These are times that you might have a right to a claim for compensation due to medical malpractice.

Two of the top most common types of misdiagnosis occur when somebody is experiencing a heart attack or depression, based on current research. This is mostly due to the fact that these diseases present themselves in different ways within those who are suffering symptoms. This is why it is so important for many tests to be conducted so that a medical professional can be absolutely sure of what they are facing. 

Missed Diagnosis: Cases involving missed diagnosis are much different. According to research, missed diagnosis can lead to higher amounts of stress for the victims involved. These cases occur when there is a simple failure to diagnose a condition at all. Many of these cases involve a patient who knows that they are experiencing illness but are written off by a variety of medical professionals who assert that there is nothing wrong with the victim, only to find out that they were suffering from a serious illness.

Understanding Differences Between Missed Diagnosis and MisdiagnosisTake, for example, a study that was conducted involving sepsis, which is a very serious form of infection when an infection is not properly spotted and becomes out of control and deadly in nature. Because sepsis is so rare, somebody might feel the impact of sepsis but a doctor might not pick up on it or tell a patient that it is “all in their head.” Within one hour of arriving at the hospital with sepsis, only about 63% of people, according to statistics, will be given an antibiotic. The sooner somebody receives treatment, the better the outcome they will receive. Unfortunately, with no treatment at all, many sepsis sufferers will lose their lives, which is why this disease should be taken very seriously.

Missed diagnosis is something serious that all medical professionals want to avoid. If a patient is not given the necessary treatment for a disease or illness they suspect they have, the results could be injurious, permanent, or even deadly. This is why missed diagnosis cases are taken so seriously under the law.

Did Medical Malpractice Occur in My Case?  

Yes, in some cases a medical professional has done everything possible to ensure that nothing has been missed. However, in some cases of missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, no tests have been administered and a professional might just shrug off their patient, believing that it can’t be anything serious. As a result, many patients are seriously harmed and wonder how they can bring a successful medical malpractice claim. If you have been injured in a New Jersey personal injury accident, you might want to speak with one of our legal advocates at Brady, Brady & Reilly, where we can help you gain the compensation you deserve in your time of need. Please contact us as soon as possible to find out how we can help you in your time of need at (201) 997-0030.