What Happens if You are Misdiagnosed?


When you visit your doctor or any care provider with a condition or injury, you expect that they will go through the process to diagnose you properly. Unfortunately, some situations lead to a misdiagnosis, and doctors may get it wrong.

A misdiagnosis can result in significant problems moving forward. It helps if you recognize what issues may exist and why it’s crucial for you to pursue a second opinion should you feel your doctor misdiagnoses you. Below, we’ll discuss three of the main issues that occur when you receive a diagnosis for one condition when you have another one.

Some of the problems that may arise after a misdiagnosis include the following:

  • Receiving incorrect treatment options

  • Not receiving the treatment you need

  • Delays in treatment impacting your health

Call us today at (513) 232-2000 if you believe you have a case following a misdiagnosis.

Receiving Incorrect Treatment Options

Many conditions have overlapping symptoms, making it easy for some less experienced doctors to diagnose you incorrectly. As such, they may prescribe medications or recommend treatment options for a condition you don’t have.

For many, receiving incorrect treatment can be dangerous. You may be allergic to a specific medication, and misdiagnosis can miss that vital information. You may also undergo surgical procedures that you don’t need, leading to further injuries or health issues.

Not Receiving Treatment You Need

In some situations, not receiving treatment may be worse than receiving the wrong treatment. For instance, if a doctor misses a cancer diagnosis, you may not receive the treatment you need. The terminal illness can worsen into the later stages. By the time the doctor catches your condition, it may be too late for treatment to work.

It’s vital to treat other conditions that are not terminal promptly. Failure to do so can cause deteriorating health issues. If the doctor fails to ever prescribe the correct treatment for your condition, long-term issues or fatal problems may arise.

Delays In Treatment Impacting Your Health

For some conditions, immediate treatment is necessary. Even a few hours between diagnosis and treatment can make a difference in someone’s health. Any delay can be problematic, making it near impossible to recover correctly and return to your quality of life.

Some of the most dangerous conditions involving misdiagnosis include heart attacks, cancers, stroke, and more. If doctors get these conditions wrong, you can suffer long-term damage—and sometimes the results can be fatal.

Doctors must ensure they’re taking all steps to protect patients. If you receive an incorrect diagnosis, you have the right to hold that doctor accountable for any damages you sustain because of his or her oversight. It’s vital to have legal counsel to protect your rights moving forward and build the strongest case possible.

At The Moore Law Firm, we prioritize your rights. We know that doctors can make mistakes, and misdiagnosis occurs far more often than we like to think. Because of this problem, we put our tenacious and personalized representation on your side. Our focus is on you, your future, and your health. We always go above and beyond when your future depends on it.

Our Cincinnati medical malpractice lawyers are here for you every step of the way. If you want to discuss your situation and determine if you have a case, we offer free consultations, so you can get answers when you need them most. In such a troubling situation, you want to know that you will have someone in your corner you can trust—and we’ll be there every step of the way.

For your free consultation, call us today at (513) 232-2000. We’re ready to protect your best interests. We’ll be your trusted advocates and your voice during such a difficult time.

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