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What Causes Medical Misdiagnosis?

The body is resilient and many ailments can be fought off successfully by the immune system. That being said, this isn’t always the case. There are occasions when medical intervention is required. Emergencies and complex diseases are, unfortunately, not uncommon. In times like these, you rely on your medical practitioners to do their job to the best of their ability. Medical professionals owe you a legal duty of care, so you have a legitimate reason to trust them.

Usually, those in the medical profession often uphold their part of the bargain, but not always. Medical errors do happen, with one of the most dangerous errors being misdiagnosis. These are just some of the most common causes of medical misdiagnoses.

Overworked staff

It is in the very nature of most medical facilities to be busy, and staff must be prepared for this. Nonetheless, being busy and being overworked are two very different things. If doctors are overrun and unable to get necessary rest, they are more likely to make mistakes, including wrongful diagnoses.

Complacency

Doctors must train for several years before being permitted to practice. This means that they are very skilled and knowledgeable. That said, medicine is always evolving and there are always new treatments and testing resources available. Doctors have to keep up with the times and utilize technology to their benefit. A complacent doctor can be a dangerous doctor. The process of learning never stops in the medical sector.

If you have suffered harm as a result of an inaccurate diagnosis, this situation could be actionable medical malpractice. Seeking legal guidance will help to clarify your situation so that you can make informed decisions moving forward.