According to a study found in BMJ Quality & Safety, diagnostic errors
may affect as many as 12 million adults in the United States. When it
comes to a misdiagnosis that results in
medical malpractice, it is important to look at the various types of misdiagnosis which are possible.
The following are the most common types of misdiagnosis:
Wrong diagnosis – Also known simply as misdiagnosis, this is when the doctor chooses
the wrong illness or injury.
Delayed diagnosis – After a substantial delay, the doctor eventually makes the correct
Missed diagnosis – The doctor informs the patient that they are in great shape and
health; however, the patient actually has a disease or illness.
Failure to recognize complications – The doctor makes the correct diagnosis, but fails to determine
complications or factors which aggravate or change the condition or illness.
Failure to diagnose a related disease – The doctor diagnoses one disease correctly, but fails to diagnose
a related condition which often goes hand-in-hand with the main disease.
Failure to diagnose an unrelated disease – The doctor diagnoses one disease correctly, but fails to diagnose
an unrelated second condition.
Failure to diagnose underlying disease – The disease you are diagnosed with is actually caused by another
disease, which turns out to be the real disease while the first one is
just a symptom.
Wrong subtype diagnosis – While the overall diagnosis is correct, you may still be diagnosed
with a wrong subtype of the disease.
If you suffered a further injury or illness due to a negligent healthcare
provider in Pennsylvania,
contact our Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at
Golomb & Honik, P.C. today.