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The risks of failure to diagnose and treat infections

On Behalf of | Jan 1, 2023 | Medical Malpractice |

There may be a variety of health conditions that may present with symptoms such as fever, fatigue and chills, and sometimes these symptoms may be signs of a deeper health concern. Infections can present with similar signs and as some infections can spread rapidly through one’s body, seeking swift care for such conditions may be integral to protecting one’s well-being. However, should doctors fail to diagnose and treat an infection, the well-being of a patient in North Carolina could be placed at significant risk in the process. 

Types and risks 

Studies indicate that there are various types of infections and some of the most common types of such health conditions may include viral, fungal, bacterial and parasitic infections. Similar health issues may present with symptoms ranging from fever and chills to fatigue and muscle aches. There may be various methods available to diagnose infections and obtaining an accurate diagnosis could prove essential to choosing the proper path of care. 

There are medications that can help treat various types of infections and the proper type of medication may vary depending on the underlying cause of the condition. While obtaining an accurate diagnosis might be essential to choosing the proper path of care, things might not always go as planned. Errors or negligence during the diagnostic process may cause patients to go without the necessary care for extended periods and with the rapid spread rate of some infections, such a scenario could carry dire health ramifications. 

Failure to diagnose 

Failure to diagnose and treat an infection can be hazardous and those who experience similar issues could suffer severe or life-altering harm in the process. Individuals in North Carolina who suffer such harm due to the presence of negligence could consider seeking legal counsel for advice on how best to approach the situation. An attorney can evaluate the incident, along with a client’s health condition and financial needs, and assist in preparing a strategy with which to seek the compensation entitled through a medical malpractice claim.