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Wrong Diagnosis as a Medical Malpractice Case

There is a reason why medical professionals need licenses. Health is a serious industry, and you really need to show how competent you are, to qualify to the caring of the medical condition of a patient. But sometimes, even the most competent and licensed medical professional become negligent, resulting into the harm of the patient instead of the cure. This is called medical malpractice.

According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania P.C., those who have experienced medical malpractice may have legal options, such as trying to hold the negligent medical professional accountable for the physical harm, emotional trauma, and financial strain they have sustained.

There are various kinds of medical malpractice, such as the lack of informed consent, medication error, surgery error, and even wrongful death. But there is one that is not as talked about as the others – wrong diagnosis.

A wrong diagnosis happens when a medical professional’s negligence has resulted into a mistake in the diagnosis process. However, take note that negligence is the most important part here. As said earlier, health is a serious industry. It is extremely complicated that a wrong diagnosis is truly possible even if the medical professional has done everything competently. If the medical professional has been negligent, or incompetent in a way that a reasonable medical professional should not have been, he may be held liable for medical malpractice.

There are generally four kinds of misdiagnosis:

·       A healthy person diagnosed as ill

·       An ill person diagnosed as healthy

·       An ill person diagnosed with a wrong medical condition

·       An ill person diagnosed with a wrong subtype of a medical condition

Each kind has its own threats to health. For example, a healthy person diagnosed as ill may undergo undeserved treatment, an ill person diagnosed as healthy may not receive the treatment he deserves, and an ill person diagnosed with a wrong medical condition or with the wrong subtype of a medical condition can undergo an ineffective treatment method.

These errors can lead to new complications or the worsening of existing ones, not to mention the financial troubles that may arise, just because a medical professional has been negligent.

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Side Effects of Defective Medical Devices

Medical devices are supposed to make people well or easer their hardships. They are a living testament to how advanced technology has become and what these advancements have done in the medical field. Designed for treating and improving the life of a patient, it is assumed that these medical devices have been tested and guaranteed safe. Unfortunately, the negligence of some manufacturers have caused pain and suffering to patients instead of the treatment they were designed for.

Over the years, there has been a spate of complaints from patients experiencing the side effects of defective medical devices. Bard G2 IVC filter lawsuits, morcellators, hip and knee replacements, to name just a few. These flawed medical products have resulted to various complications ranging from debilitating pain to deadly uterine cancer. Patients who are hoping to improve their condition end up suffering for the rest of their lives and sometimes getting killed.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the failure of manufacturers to warn patients about the side effects of their devices resulted to unintended consequences which are often devastating. While the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of these devices, the fault lies on manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Orthopaedics, Zimmer and C.R. Bard not informing patients about potential complications.

In order to maximize potential revenues, manufacturers forego testing and immediately push their products in the market. They do this without regard for the safety of their customers. It is the responsibility of the company to ensure the safety of their products. The customers become victims of their negligence and irresponsibility and end up in pain for the rest of their lives.

And as the lawsuits against defective medical devices pile up, the affected victims are hoping that the court will make the manufacturers pay for their negligence and at least ease their pain and suffering.

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