Common Reasons Doctors Make Diagnosis Mistakes
One of the errors that can be made by a doctor when treating a patient is a diagnosis mistake. This is a serious problem as patients are expecting their medical professional to inform them of their illness or condition. Patients go into hospitals when they are hurt or dealing with a condition. If they are not diagnosed correctly, it can result in them receiving the wrong type of treatment or never healing. There are some common reasons doctors make diagnosis mistakes, including the following.
Ordering Incorrect Tests
In some cases, the doctor may order incorrect tests based on their diagnosis of the condition that the patient has. They may run imaging tests when a blood test is needed, or they can request an EKG when the patient’s problem calls for an ultrasound. This often happens due to the doctor’s negligence and prevents the patient from receiving proper treatment.
Errors In Performing Tests
If tests are performed incorrectly — such as performing an ultrasound on the wrong body part or using a CAT scan incorrectly — it can alter the results of the tests. This means that the doctor may determine that there is nothing wrong with the patient despite their being a dangerous condition.
The doctor and the laboratory must have proper communication regarding what tests to run and for which patient. If something gets mixed up and the doctor receive the wrong results for his or her patient, they may prescribe an unnecessary treatment option that can do more harm than good.
In a situation where a doctor is inexperienced, there are certain conditions they may not know about or they are unable to diagnose correctly. There are numerous conditions that share similar symptoms, so there are some situations in which the diagnosis may be incorrect, resulting in the wrong treatment being given to the patient.
If a patient fails to receive the correct treatment, it can harm the patient in multiple ways. In some cases, it can impact the patient due to a reaction to medication, or surgery may be performed when it’s not needed. In other situations, the patient will not receive the treatment they need, allowing the condition to worsen and causing permanent damage.
Our Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Hampton & King stand up for those who have been wrongfully harmed due to a medical professional’s negligence. We work hard to help our clients seek the maximum compensation to which they are entitled so they can focus on their recovery instead of the complex legal process.