Harrisburg Wrong Diagnosis Injury Lawyers
Doctors have a very difficult job to do. They have to assess the symptoms of an illness as reported by patients in conjunction with their own observations and accepted diagnostic tests and exams. Then, from the fabric of details that all of those sources weave together, a doctor must determine what is ailing someone and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
It is quickly apparent why the education that doctors must undertake is so lengthy and rigorous. But despite this extensive training, physicians still make wrong diagnoses with stunning frequency. Unfortunately, a wrong diagnosis can cause the victim serious injury or death.
The Impact of Wrong Diagnoses
How serious can this be? It is estimated that approximately 80,000 people die each year in the United States as a direct result of a wrong diagnosis. That’s more than 219 each day, which should help to put the scope of this problem into perspective.
There are two significant problems that arise from a wrong diagnosis, each of which bears a great risk of injuring the patient. The first of these is that a wrong diagnosis obscures the real problem, allowing it to continue without treatment. In instances where something such as a heart attack, cancer, or appendicitis passes undetected, the results may be irreversible or even lethal.
The second typical effect of a wrong diagnosis that leads to injury is that, in an effort to remedy a condition that the patient does not have, the treatment may adversely affect her health by exacerbating the symptoms and systems of the actual disease. Because many treatments are expected to require some time before resolving an illness, the inappropriate care may be administered as the true disease worsens.
If a wrong diagnosis has caused you or your loved one further injury, contact the Harrisburg wrong diagnosis injury lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., at 215-329-3511. We can help you to recover the financial compensation you need to offset the expenses and intangible damages done by a wrong diagnosis.