While we generally trust our doctors and believe that they are there to help us, sometimes this trust is misplaced. Doctors do intend to help and oftentimes try their best, but that does not always mean that you will get the proper treatment when you seek medical attention. Errors can occur which can lead to malpractice. One common type of issue is a diagnosis issue. This might be misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis. If you are seeing an eye doctor and you believe you’re the victim of a diagnosis issue, the information on this page will help. You can learn more about these types of issues and how to proceed in order to seek justice.
Common Diagnosis Issues
As mentioned above, there are a few common forms of diagnosis issues, including misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, and delayed diagnosis. Misdiagnosis happens when a medical professional reviews your symptoms and diagnoses you based on them, but the prognosis turns out to be incorrect. In this situation, we are referring to misdiagnosis of an eye ailment. If the doctor tells you it is one thing and starts treatment, but it is another, your original condition may worsen or you may face other medical issues.
Delayed diagnosis is exactly what it sounds like – it is an unnecessary or inappropriate delay of the diagnosis for your medical issue. Misdiagnosis deals with diagnosing the wrong issue, but delayed diagnosis means that a diagnosis was not reached in a reasonable amount of time. This could have serious consequences as you are not getting the treatment that you need for your medical condition.
Finally, failure to diagnose is another issue that you might face. As you can probably tell, failure to diagnose happens when a doctor cannot properly connect your symptoms and give you the proper diagnosis for a medical issue that you are having. In addition, they might misdiagnose the issue or they may not notice a medical issue at all and fail to treat for the ailment at hand.
If any of these issues occur, you could have a medical malpractice case on your hands.
Preventing Diagnosis Issues
There are a few ways that you can prevent a diagnosis issue with your eye doctor. First, make sure to be as clear as possible about your symptoms and the issue that you face. If the doctor is properly made aware of what is bothering you, they will have a better chance of properly diagnosing.
In addition, you can also seek a second opinion. The chances of catching a misdiagnosis or another error increase if you see two doctors.
Help With a Medical Malpractice Case
If there was a diagnosis issue with your eyes, you may be entitled to compensation. That is where we come in. We can review your situation and help you determine the best way to proceed. If a diagnosis issue had a negative impact on your eyes, or your medical condition worsened, you can and should seek justice. Contact our office to learn more – we can provide the resources and support to get you through this difficult time.