Sometimes, healthcare providers fail to diagnose or make the wrong diagnosis of a patient’s condition. When a healthcare provider fails to timely diagnose a life-threatening condition, this can have devastating consequences for a patient and the family. Maybe a radiologist fails to correctly interpret imaging studies. Or a healthcare provider ignores a patient’s symptoms, test results, or imaging results. Some examples of imaging that a healthcare provider can read incorrectly—or ignore—include X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, ECHOs, EKGs, and angiograms.
Misdiagnosis can even occur when a healthcare provider fails to refer a patient to a specialist who has more experience. However, sometimes it is as simple as the doctor just doesn’t pay attention and makes decisions that lead to a misdiagnosis.
Medical malpractice can take many forms. It is impossible to list all the kinds of medical negligence. However, incorrect interpretations of images, test results, and symptoms that lead to serious injuries may be examples of negligence that might lead to a misdiagnosis lawsuit.
The commonality among all medical negligence claims is the healthcare provider’s violation of the standard of care, which, in turn, causes harm to the patient. This standard is important, because when a healthcare provider is negligent but does not cause demonstrable harm to the patient, medical-malpractice law in Indiana does notallow a patient to recover damages.
If you suspect that your injury is due to medical negligence, consider consulting with an attorney. Pursuing a misdiagnosis lawsuit can be a complex and involved process. The attorneys of Langer & Langer have handled all kinds of medical malpractice claims of patients throughout Indiana.