We go to the hospital and to the doctors because we want to get better. Unfortunately, a small fraction of people ends up feeling worse after a visit to the hospital. This can be because of medical misdiagnosis or poor medical advice coming from the doctors. What should you do in cases like these?
As per recent data, around 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed per year. Moreover, around 40,000 to 80,000 die from complications brought about by the medical misdiagnosis as well. If you feel like you’ve been on the receiving end of a bad diagnosis, then here’s how you can deal with it.
How To Know If You’ve Been Misdiagnosed
The most important thing you need to do first is to determine if you’ve been misdiagnosed. If it really did happen, then you are entitled to compensation from the hospital or the doctor that handled your case. It can be tough determining if you’ve been misdiagnosed or not.
For starters, you might want to determine if your symptoms are the same as other conditions but your doctor insists that it is one specific disease. If you’ve already been given some form of treatment, you can know that you’ve been misdiagnosed if you’re not getting any better or in worst-case scenarios – you’ve started to become worse.
In most cases, getting a second opinion is crucial in determining if your diagnosis was correct. Get as many checkups as you want until you are confident that you’ve finally been diagnosed properly by somebody else.
Seeking Help, Proving Your Claim
If you’re confident that you’ve been misdiagnosed, then it’s a must that you seek legal help as soon as you can. Some lawyers specialize in certain cases. For instance, a cancer misdiagnosis lawyer specializes in problems that arise related to forms of cancer. It’s best to know your legal expert’s history and specialization beforehand.
A lawyer will represent you in court. They’ll do their best to prove that you’ve been the victim of medical misdiagnosis through proof and hearings. It’s very vital that you talk with a legal professional first.
What you need to prove as a plaintiff is that there was a doctor-patient relationship between you and your doctor. It’s also vital that you prove that your doctor has failed to live up to the standard of care when it comes to diagnosis. If there are complications that arose with the medical misdiagnosis, it needs to be proven as well.
It can be challenging to prove your claim. In most cases, you also need to show that another doctor is capable of diagnosing your condition. Throughout this process, you’ll need to show proof and documents such as your medical records showing the type of medical misdiagnosis that happened.
A medical misdiagnosis is not only bad for you, it’s also bad for your finances as well. You got to the hospital expecting proper treatment. If it’s not given to you, then it’s a must that you make a claim and get compensated for the error that puts your life and well-being on the line.