Q: Is a misdiagnosis considered to be medical malpractice?
If we are hurting, we trust our doctors to diagnose us properly and then make proper recommendations for treatment. Unfortunately, we have to let you in on a little secret: doctors are only human. Even if they take all of the correct steps to diagnose you, there's still a chance that they could be wrong. A misdiagnosis can be very scary because you may take medication you don't need or even undergo an unnecessary surgery.
With that said, a misdiagnosis can be considered medical malpractice if the doctor did not maintain a certain standard of care that is required of all physicians. This could mean that they did not properly evaluate your medical records, ask you about your medical history, analyze your symptoms correctly, or conduct the right tests and blood work. Another important fact to consider is that even if you were misdiagnosed and the doctor did not maintain a certain standard of care, it must be established that their negligence left you injured in some way. If you were not harmed, there is no medical malpractice case to pursue.
If you think you may have been the victim of a medical malpractice misdiagnosis, do not lash out at your physician. Simply request copies of your medical records and then make an appointment to meet with our Dallas medical malpractice attorneys. We know what to look for and what questions to ask to determine whether or not your injuries were the result of a negligent doctor. Call Girards Law today for a free consultation at 888-897-2762.