DuPage County Misdiagnosis Lawyer

Villa Park medical diagnosis error lawyer

Attorneys for Medical Diagnosis Errors in Oak Brook, Elmhurst and Hillside

12 million Americans are misdiagnosed every year and it claims 160,000 lives annually. Medical errors such as misdiagnosis can have debilitating physical effects on patients' health. Medical mistakes are also expensive. They result in millions of dollars in medical expenses from patients and in payouts from healthcare providers.

Because mistakes regarding diagnosis are common, it is important to understand the different types of diagnostic errors that can lead to malpractice claims. It is also vital to have a medical malpractice attorney on your side. At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we strive to pursue claims for patients who have been injured or harmed due to medical diagnostic errors.

Types of Diagnostic Errors

Some of the most common forms of medical errors healthcare providers make include:

  • Misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis is when an incorrect diagnosis is given to a patient. This includes mistaking a disease for a different ailment and diagnosing a patient with an illness he or she does not have.
  • Lack of diagnosis. This medical error means failure to diagnose a patient at all when the patient has a disease or medical condition.
  • Delayed diagnosis. This type of medical error occurs when a physician fails to diagnose or perform diagnostic tests for a patient.
  • Overdiagnosis. Overdiagnosis is the diagnosing and treatment of a disease or condition that is not dangerous and will not harm the patient.

A 2015 study shows that twenty-five to forty percent of Medicare patients receive one of twenty-six unneeded treatments and exams that medical and scientific organizations have deemed harmful or unbeneficial. Millions of Americans receive treatments, diagnostic exams, and medications they do not need.

Although it is rare for overdiagnosis to injure or harm a patient directly, overdiagnosis can result in high medical costs for the patient and increase health risks associated with unessential surgeries and treatments. Overdiagnosis usually occurs when health care providers are interested in making more money or if a physician is concerned and favors being extra cautious.

Why do Doctors Misdiagnose Patients?

There are several reasons physicians may misdiagnose patients. Although not all reasons are due to monetary incentives, financial benefits play a significant role in misdiagnosis. Doctors, nurses, and hospital administrations are not paid to provide patients with the correct diagnosis. Instead, they are paid for treatments and medical exams.

The likelihood of misdiagnosis occurring increases when patients question their doctors' competence or are rude to them. A 2016 study shows that the probability of misdiagnosis increases when doctors become impatient. Physicians facing disruptive patients may have their emotions impact their judgment. They may be in a hurry to have the patient leave their office, and therefore, fail to perform additional tests and medical questioning.

Delayed diagnosis can happen when doctors do not closely listen to patients or believe their concerns are unwarranted. It may also take place when a physician is concerned about performing inessential medical tests.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney

If a doctor's misdiagnosis, lack of diagnosis, or delayed diagnosis has resulted in a medical injury, you may be eligible to file a malpractice claim. Diagnostic errors can lead to high medical costs, serious physical conditions, and medical treatments such as operations that you would not have needed if your doctor had diagnosed you sooner.

Contact the experienced and compassionate attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio to discuss your legal options. Call us at 630-574-2288, or contact us via email. We serve clients in Berwyn, Western Springs, Oak Brook, and throughout DuPage County.

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