Proving a wrong diagnosis and that it resulted in further harm requires adequate evidence. However, the basis of any medical malpractice claim of this nature is being able to establish that the doctor had acted in a negligent manner not just that the diagnosis wasn’t correct.
How to Prove a Doctor’s Negligence Resulted in a Wrong Diagnosis
Some health problems have unique symptoms that make them easier to diagnose. But some symptoms are possible with several different types of conditions. Arriving at the correct diagnosis requires a thorough examination of the patient.
Diagnosis may also require further testing that can include:
- asking additional questions;
- lab work;
- imaging tests;
- taking a medical history; or
- referring the patient to a specialist.
If at any point during this process the doctor was incompetent or failed to act in a reasonable manner (such as not ordering a test that would have been appropriate), it could show negligence.
A wrong diagnosis can also be proven when a mistake is made with diagnostic tests; for instance, not reading the results correctly or failing to read them in a suitable timeframe. In these circumstances it’s possible that another party could also be negligent, such as a lab.
How to Prove a Wrong Diagnosis Resulted in Further Harm
Not every case of a wrong diagnosis will warrant filing a claim. But when it causes serious harm, it might. Patients have to prove that if not for the wrong diagnosis, he or she would not have suffered harm or harm would have been lessened. An example is not catching a cancerous tumor that ends up spreading throughout the whole body.
Atlanta patients who have suffered additional harm as a result of a doctor’s wrong diagnosis can discuss the details of their claims with Jason Schultz. Call (404) 474-0804 today.