FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE
When a patient visits any type of doctor or health care provider, that doctor or health care provider will generate what is called a “differential diagnosis”. A differential diagnosis is a list of possible medical conditions or diagnoses that are consistent with a patient’s symptoms, ranked from most to least probable. The differential diagnosis allows a doctor of health care provider to use a process of elimination based on a patient’s symptoms, history, and the doctor’s medical knowledge to shrink the probability of a patient having a particular condition when many alternatives are possible.
In almost all cases, a well-trained doctor will come to the correct determination of the cause of a patient’s symptoms, and that patient will be treated for the correct disease with a combination of medication, surgery, or monitoring. In some cases, however, a doctor or health care provider does something to misdiagnose a patient, attributing that patient’s symptoms to a disorder that the patient doesn’t have.
Having a wrong diagnosis can have devastating effects on a patient both from a psychological perspective as well as a physical perspective. More specifically, when a patient is given a misdiagnosis, or a late diagnosis, that patient may receive unnecessary medications, testing, evaluation, surgery, or otherwise, all of which may have deleterious effects on that patient’s body.
Dr. Kramer is not only a licensed lawyer in California, but he is also a licensed medical doctor, so he can evaluate medical injuries caused by a misdiagnosis and/or failure to diagnose in a way that few lawyers can.
If you recently have been told that you were previously diagnosed with a condition that you don’t have, or if you have been told that you have a diagnosis that was not previously diagnosed and should have been diagnosed, give our office a call at 310-289-2600 so we can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries.