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San Diego Malpractice FAQ: What If My Infectious Disease Was Misdiagnosed?

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.

Improper Treatment

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.