If a doctor fails to make an accurate diagnosis of a potentially harmful medical condition, it could cause serious health problems. Patients in Connecticut who have been negligently misdiagnosed and suffered serious consequences may have a potential medical malpractice case.
Connecticut medical malpractice law states that damages can be awarded for injury or death of a patient due to mistakes by the doctor in diagnosing a condition. These mistakes include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and complete failure to diagnose. A patient can receive compensation if the misdiagnosis cost them the opportunity to recover, the opportunity for a better outcome, or the opportunity for survival.
In most instances, only the primary doctor that made the error can be sued for misdiagnosis. In some cases, other health care professionals may be liable if their negligence caused or contributed to the patient’s injury. These professionals may include nurses, lab techs, and any specialists that took care of the patient or performed tests.
Even when the misdiagnosis errors are indisputable and the results are clear, the legal issues can still be complex. Medical malpractice claims involving misdiagnosis are very difficult to pursue. That’s why it is extremely important to carefully select an experienced medical malpractice attorney to handle your claim.
For decades, victims of negligent misdiagnosis across Connecticut have chosen Wocl Leydon to represent them in complex medical malpractice claims. To discuss your potential misdiagnosis claim with one of our compassionate medical malpractice attorneys, contact our law offices in Stamford or Bridgeport today for a free consultation.
Causes of Misdiagnosis in Connecticut
The main question in medical malpractice cases is whether the doctor breached the medical standard of care. This is another term for medical malpractice or medical negligence.
Some common causes of misdiagnosis include:
- Failure to Appreciate Symptoms. A misdiagnosis can occur when a doctor fails to recognize the signs and/or symptoms of an illness or disease.
- Symptoms are Similar to Other Medical Conditions. Both major and minor health conditions can have very similar symptoms that can sometimes confuse a doctor. Doctors may fail to order additional testing if they fail to recognize the cause of the symptoms, leading to serious injury if not diagnosed in time.
- Hectic Schedules. Doctors can make mistakes due to the hectic nature of their schedules. Most doctors only spend roughly 15 minutes with each patient, which leaves little time for in-depth discussions about the patient’s condition and makes an accurate diagnosis more difficult.