Over the years, millions of women in Massachusetts and other states have suffered from misdiagnoses relating to endometriosis. Women have suffered fertility issues as well as chronic pelvic and stomach cramps past their reproductive years due to this often misdiagnosed condition.
What damage results as of a delayed diagnosis of endometriosis
Endometriosis occurs in the reproductive region near the digestive system. The disease causes inflammation and lesions to develop on tissues and organs in the area. The condition can be attributed to digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome or spastic colon. By the time the correct diagnosis of endometriosis is confirmed, many women have suffered for decades and may experience depression and anxiety from chronic pain.
Is a delayed diagnosis of endometriosis considered medical malpractice?
Health care professionals must provide a standard of care than any other medical professional would perform in a similar circumstance. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other health care professional makes an error in judgment, treatment, prescribing medication, or other erroneous action that endangers a patient’s well-being. A delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis is an error that can result in further injury or death. Courts have ruled favorably for plaintiffs in cases of delayed diagnosis of endometriosis. Although studies of the condition may be limited, the courts have held the medical community accountable.
Medical malpractice should not be fought alone
Feeling like your doctor may have done something wrong in your treatment is not uncommon. Health care workers make mistakes for many reasons, such as fatigue, record-keeping software errors, and poor judgment. If you think you may have suffered an injury due to medical treatment, prescription, or other reasons, you might consider filing a medical malpractice claim.