Bad Outcome of a Procedure, or Medical Malpractice?

Atlanta Attorney Explains Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose

Video Transcript:

Rob Rosenthal:

Do you know how to tell if you had a bad outcome and not a misdiagnosis? We ask Georgia attorney Kathy McArthur in this AskTheLawyers™ Quick Question.

Kathy McArthur:

Bad outcomes happen, and most of the time, bad outcomes are not the result of medical malpractice. But if testing was not ordered that should have been ordered, or testing was ordered, such as blood tests of a person who is septic, meaning they are suffering from an infection that's about to overwhelm their body and put them into multi-system organ failure; if tests are ordered at the emergency department that show they have an elevated white count or elevated band count or things that should tell the people in a larger department, this person has a big time infection going on, and the test results are overlooked or ignored, which I actually see quite often. I see a lot of cases where there’s misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose and people are sent home as a result of either not ordering the right tests or ignoring the test results that were ordered.

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