Patients frequently seek medical care for the treatment of infectious diseases.
In fact, infections, from the common cold to more serious illnesses like
meningitis, are some of the most common reasons we go to the doctor.
Generally, if infectious diseases are diagnosed and treated properly, patients
make a full recovery. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
If misdiagnosed and/or left untreated, infections can spread and become
more serious. In vulnerable patients such as children or the elderly,
they can sometimes even lead to death.
If the doctor deviates from the standard of care, the
patient may have a San Diego medical malpractice case. Below are a few examples.
Failure to Diagnose
Medical professionals should conduct a thorough history and exam to identify
risks for infection. Of course, the level of care required largely depends
on the circumstances. For instance, taking broad cultures, particularly
of blood and urine, is standard procedure when treating seriously ill patients.
Delay in Diagnosis or Treatment
Delays in treatment are unusual when dealing with infectious diseases.
In fact, overtreatment is far more common. Nonetheless, mistakes do happen.
Often, a health professional will fail to accurately assess the seriousness
of the illness and respond appropriately. For instance, if life-threatening
conditions such as sepsis or meningitis are suspected, treatment should
begin without delay.
In some cases, the appropriate treatment is not prescribed once a diagnosis
of infectious disease is reached. In cases where the treatment prescribed
deviates from the treatment guidelines for the particular condition, such
as those provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
patient may have grounds for a California medical malpractice lawsuit.
If you or someone you love has suffered from medical negligence, don’t
hesitate to contact
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.