The failure of a Medical Practitioner to identify a condition or misidentifying a problem can lead to negligence. The following are examples of misdiagnosis:-

  • Misdiagnosing a tumour as being benign;
  • Misinterpreting test results;
  • Misinterpreting x-rays, scans etc.

As a result, misdiagnosis patients can suffer serious harm including medical complications, the need for more expensive or aggressive treatments, permanent bodily injury, decreased survival rates, a reduction in life expectancy and in the worse cases, death. The cost to a patient to compensate for misdiagnosis can be substantial, particularly if he or she still has treatment options to pursue.