In the United States, you have a 1 in 5 chance of being misdiagnosed. Are you willing to bet your your life on those odds? I know I’m not. That is why you and I have to protect ourselves from becoming a victim of a medical malpractice misdiagnosis. But the question is, “How?”
Every time you receive medical treatment, you should take the following 5 steps to avoid being misdiagnosed:
1. Always ask the doctors to perform most tests than necessary.
2. Ask whether your symptoms could apply to any conditions other than your diagnosed condition.
3. Makes sure you always receive any recommended follow-up tests.
4. Communicate everything with your doctors. Tell them how you feel and ask a lot of questions.
5. Always get a second, and even third, opinion.
Any condition can be misdiagnosed, but there are some conditions that are misdiagnosed more commonly than others. These conditions can be life-threatening if they aren’t diagnosed quickly and/or correctly:
- Heart Attack
- Aortic Dissection
- Clogged Arteries
Trust your judgment. Doctors are human, and they do make mistakes. If you are not completely satisfied with your doctor’s diagnosis, or you feel like your doctor might be dismissing your questions and symptoms, do not hesitate to find another doctor. Your doctor works for you, and you should always feel confident in his or her care.
If you or someone you love were misdiagnosed and suffered serious injury as a result of the misdiagnosis, you should call me right away at 1 (800) 556-4769 to schedule a FREE consultation.
I will meet you at a time and place that is convenient for you to discuss your case. You should know if your injuries could have been prevented, and I will help you get the answers you deserve. As your Medical Malpractice lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.