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What to do if misdiagnosis leads to prolonged incorrect treatment

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Misdiagnosis is among the more common forms of medical malpractice that can occur during the treatment process. That said, most patients understandably put their faith in the diagnosis given by their doctor and follow their recommended treatment plan without a hint of doubt.

Following a misdiagnosis, you might receive incorrect treatment for a period of weeks or even months before the issue becomes apparent. If this occurs, the best course of action you can take is to immediately pursue the correct treatment you need and file a claim as a malpractice victim.

Prioritize your health

One study indicates that as many as 1 in 20 adult patients receive misdiagnoses when seeking medical care. While not every misdiagnosis leads to further health complications, you might feel justifiably upset if you find yourself in a situation that is harmful. Though you have every right to aggressively pursue a malpractice case, your first priority should be to seek proper medical attention for your original condition as well as any additional conditions resulting from prolonged incorrect treatments.

Build your medical malpractice case

Filing a medical malpractice claim is the first step toward getting the compensation you need in order to afford the actual treatment you require after a misdiagnosis. To that end, you should gather evidence of negligence as well as any records related to your interactions with medical staff involved in your treatment.

When a misdiagnosis occurs, healthcare professionals have a duty to correct the mistake as quickly as possible. Your condition can worsen if that mistake goes unnoticed for a long period of time, leaving you with no option but to pursue the compensation you need to pay for the right treatment.