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How doctors are negligent by failing to treat a medical condition

When a patient receives treatment for a condition or disease that he or she does not have, the problem becomes twofold. First, the treatment that is not needed could cause harm to the patient. Second, the disease or condition the patient does have is not treated and could worsen.

The most common reason that doctors fail to treat a medical condition is when symptoms that the patient has are ignored or "dismissed." The underlying condition can cause further harm. Here is an example: A man chips a piece of bone off his elbow. The piece of bone ends up causing internal bleeding by puncturing the body's soft internal tissues.

In many cases, the wrong treatment is the result of a doctor incorrectly diagnosing a medical condition. A doctor can diagnose a disease correctly and not provide the right treatment. In other cases, the negligence is the result of a doctor who is trying a new treatment that ends up failing when a more traditional treatment would have been more successful.

It's bad enough to have an injury or illness. Having a doctor make the condition worse not only harms your health, but it also lowers your faith in the professionals who are in charge of your care.

Medical misdiagnosis cases are often very complex. Many times, a medical expert will be needed to testify. If you feel that you have been the victim of medical misdiagnosis, an experienced attorney can provide the information you need as to how you should proceed when seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

Source: FindLaw, "Failed/Erroneous Diagnosis and Treatment," accessed June 09, 2017

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