When we don’t feel right, we look to doctors for answers. It is our doctors’ responsibility to do everything they can to make us feel better. First and foremost, that means figuring out why we feel the way we feel. When doctors diagnose medical problems, they take into account a number of different factors; including; symptoms, past medical history, family medical history, outside influences, and their own experience, both personal and professional.
Thankfully, in most instances doctors are able to diagnose their patients’ medical problems and provide them with the proper treatment to regain their health. However, despite an accurate diagnosis, sometimes doctors can’t help their patients because their medical problems have no solution. Even worse, what happens if a doctor provides his or her patient with the wrong diagnosis? The results can be devastating.
Misdiagnosis is the most common reason for medical malpractice lawsuits.
It is estimated that up to 20% of all medical cases are misdiagnosed. Of those misdiagnoses, over 25% were life threatening or resulted in death or permanent disability. Furthermore, instances of medical malpractice often go undocumented, so these numbers are even higher.
Diagnosis is the most important part of medical care. A wrong diagnosis will change the patient’s entire course of treatment, putting him or her at risk of serious complications or death. That is why it is important to always seek a second or even third opinion. Never be afraid to question your doctor – your life may depend on it.
Medical professionals most commonly misdiagnose the following:
- Meningitis – With the flu-like symptoms of headache, stiff neck, and fatigue, meningitis is commonly misdiagnosed, and because it is a rapidly progressing illness requiring quick treatment, this mistake may lead to death.
- Heart Attack – Heart attacks also require immediate treatment, but because symptoms are often confused with anxiety, many patients go untreated resulting in permanent damage or even death.
- Cancer – During regular treatment, doctors often fail to follow Cancer screening guidelines, leaving patients vulnerable to this fast-spreading, deadly illness.
If you or a loved one was misdiagnosed, you have to call me right away 1 (800) 556-4769. I can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Author: Tim Misny | For 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.