Many Pittsburgh residents can tell when something is not quite right in their bodies. They may feel different or may experience symptoms that are uncommon to their existing conditions. When abnormalities in their health arise, individuals often get in touch with their doctors so that they can investigate the causes of their new found medical problems.
In many cases, a doctor will follow a protocol that helps them assess and eliminate possible causes of their patient's complaints. They may start by determining if the symptoms have a straightforward explanation. It is not uncommon for a simple answer to be the right answer when it comes to medical diagnosis.
However, not all doctors are comprehensive in the assessment of their patients' concerns. They may ignore their patients' complaints or dismiss odd symptoms and assume that they will pass on their own. A doctor may prescribe a course of treatment for an ailment they expect is the cause of their patient's suffering but may miss the correct diagnosis if their review of the patient's health is not complete.
The failure of a doctor to diagnose a patient with their true ailment can rise to the level of medical malpractice if the doctor did not meet the expected standard of care for their profession in the assessment of the patient's condition. Misdiagnoses can also lead to medical malpractice claims if a doctor's mistaken diagnosis fails to meet this duty of care and a patient is injured or killed as a result.
Cases of medical malpractice can be challenging to pursue and complex to prepare. To this end, working with a personal injury attorney can be beneficial for a victim of medical malpractice, as these legal professionals will diligently work in an attempt to ensure that a victim's claim for damages is as strong as possible given the facts at hand.