Misdiagnosis Lawyers in Dallas
Medical errors are always preventable, because they are the result of carelessness or negligence. Doctors have what is called a "duty of care" in relation to their patients. As far as it depends on them, they are charged with making a proper diagnosis so that they can prescribe the correct medical treatment for the patient's health and wellbeing. A wrong diagnosis can result in a patient not receiving the proper treatment that they need. The effects of a misdiagnosis are more severe depending on how serious the actual illness is. For example, if cancer is misdiagnosed, the patient will be going without vital chemotherapy, surgery or radiation treatments. The effects of this are obviously greater than misdiagnosing the common cold.
The healthcare system is a complex one, but that does not take responsibility away from doctors and physicians. Many studies suggest that medical errors are most commonly the result of poorly designed healthcare systems, rather than direct doctor negligence. Complicated medical technology, the side effects of other drugs and long hospital stays can all muddy the waters when it comes to making a proper diagnosis of an illness. Another major cause of medical error is poor communication. When nurses don't communicate with doctors, reporting is vague or lacking, or hospital staff members rely too heavily on automated systems, error can easily occur.
Those who work in hospitals also have an incredibly taxing job to perform. While conditions such as fatigue, depression and other complications are a common result of working at a hospital, they are not excuses for error. You have heard it said that "to err is human," but a doctor error has far more drastic implications than most other occupations. Doctors can only be expected to make an accurate diagnosis if they have all the necessary information, therefore, it would be helpful to take a look at the diagnostic process to see what exactly is required for a correct diagnosis of a medical condition.
Overview of Diagnostic Procedure
Diagnosing a patient requires both inductive and deductive reasoning. A doctor has the job of taking all the pieces of information that they have received and putting them together in such a way as to land upon the most accurate conclusion. Doctors typically conduct several different types of tests before they make a diagnosis, so that they can be sure to rule out conditions that do not apply. In essence, a diagnosis can be more accurately thought of as an educated opinion. Not only will a doctor attempt to come to a conclusion based upon the facts, but they will also use the facts to rule out inaccurate conclusions. Typically, a patient visits a doctor because they have some form of concern about their health. Other times, a patient will be in for a simple examination when a separate condition is found.
After a doctor gathers information from the patient's explanation of their condition, the doctor should then conduct the necessary tests to gather data. This data will either support or contradict certain medical conditions. The doctor will then further narrow their pool of potential illnesses until the most accurate one is remaining. A treatment plan is the direct result of a diagnosis, which is why the accurate diagnosis is so important. Unfortunately, doctor error is common. If you are suffering from a medical condition that was made worse because your doctor failed to accurately diagnose you, then you should speak with a Personal Injury Attorney from our firm immediately. The most accurate way to find out whether or not you have a medical malpractice case on your hands is by speaking with a legal professional. Contact Zinda Law Group today.