By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you’ve been misdiagnosed, can you sue the doctor?READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Viewing, Funeral Services To Be Held For Philadelphia Firefighter Lt. Sean Williamson
After a Lexington, Kentucky man was diagnosed HIV positive 9 years ago, he immediately started treatment with powerful drugs and had relationships only with HIV positive individuals. But when he applied for disability benefits recently he was denied because, it turns out, he doesn’t have the disease.READ MORE: Many Travelers Frustrated As Flights Get Canceled, Delayed Across US Ahead Of 4th Of July Weekend
Wow. That stinks. Not the not having HIV. That’s awesome. He’s so happy, he’s suing the doctor and hospital. And he’ll probably win. But just because you’re misdiagnosed doesn’t mean you can automatically sue.
First, you need to know whether the misdiagnosis caused any actual harm like causing you to undergo unnecessary treatment or worse, lose time in getting treatment that could otherwise have helped you? Second, would a different doctor who used good judgment and professional standards have made a correct diagnosis?MORE NEWS: Pocono Summit In Monroe County Ranked 15th On Best Cities To Invest In Vacation Rentals List
There are times when no doctor could have been expected to find the reason for your symptoms, and there are times when a misdiagnosis doesn’t cause harm. But in all situations, if you get a serious diagnosis always GO TO ANOTHER DOCTOR for a second opinion to avoid having to go to a lawyer in the first place.