Pittsburgh residents go to the doctor expecting to be helped for their medical condition. Usually doctors are able to accurately diagnose their patients, refer them to the proper specialist and help their patients feel better. But, like everyone else, doctors are prone to mistakes. Unfortunately their mistakes can have serious consequences. There are several common types of medical malpractice that a patient may encounter.
One common type of medical malpractice is the failure to diagnose an illness. A doctor fails to spot what is wrong with the patient or fails to order the correct tests. Common types of misdiagnosis include heart conditions, appendicitis, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Many of these conditions, if not treated promptly, can result in a worsened medical condition or even death.