An erroneous treatment is as much a problem as receiving no treatment at all. Sometimes, a medical provider may diagnose you with the wrong condition or choose the wrong treatment for the condition you have. That could lead to further injuries.
Here’s an example: If you fall and get hurt, you could break your arm. If the doctor misdiagnoses you, then they may send you to physical therapy or give you a splint. That might not be enough to support your arm, and it could lead to the break worsening, further pain or undue suffering.
Other kinds of erroneous treatment could be even worse. For example, if you’re misdiagnosed with cancer, receiving chemotherapy could cause life-altering complications. Chemotherapy moves throughout the entire body, and it has the potential to damage cells, weaken the body and cause illness throughout the treatment. There are many side effects that could seriously affect a patient’s life.
How can you avoid an erroneous treatment?
As a patient, it’s your right to get a second opinion, and that right is something you should use. You can ask for your records, seek out more tests and be straightforward when you think a diagnosis is incorrect. Even if it means taking an additional test or seeing a new provider, the guarantee that you’re getting the right treatment, or lack of treatment, could mean the difference between a comfortable life and a painful one.
If you are treated erroneously, then you could be in a position to file a claim for malpractice. Medical providers must err on the side of caution to better patient’s lives.