Can you sue a doctor for wrong diagnosis

Can you sue a doctor for wrong diagnosis

If you get sick, you're probably more than willing to get a second opinion. As patients, we're encouraged to get second opinions for care-related decisions like having surgery or seeing a specialist. But what about your health? Can you sue a doctor for a wrong diagnosis?

The answer is yes, but it's not easy. Well it is better to search  all possible ways for the treatment of any serious problem before surgery. Depending on the type of medical malpractice lawsuit, lawsuits may be filed for either clinical negligence, medical malpractice (wrongful death), or out-and-out fraud.

If you are considering filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice, you have to understand the difference between medical negligence and medical malpractice. For example, if your doctor gives you the wrong medication or they misdiagnose your illness, that would be considered medical negligence, but not medical malpractice. Medical negligence is unintentional mistakes in patient care. Medical negligence can happen in any health care setting, including hospitals, nursing homes and group practices.

Roughly one third of all medical negligence complaints are for wrong diagnosis and some of them are also for out-and-out fraud.

In New Hampshire, there is no statute of limitations on filing malpractice lawsuits against a doctor for a wrong diagnosis. In other words, even if you wait too long to file a lawsuit for the underlying medical issues, you can still sue over your misdiagnosis.

Generally, it is difficult to prove medical malpractice cases. But if you have valid proofs, then it will be necessary to make a case against the hospital and doctors too for their medical negligence and for medical malpractice. 

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