According to a study done by BMJ Quality and Safety, over 12 million adults that seek outpatient medical care receive a misdiagnosis; 28% of these misdiagnoses can be life-threatening. A misdiagnosis can lead to unnecessary treatments, increased cost, physical and emotional stress, and even death. Should you find yourself a victim of medical misdiagnosis or any medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation.
What Is a Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosis is an incorrect diagnosis of an illness or condition. It is s a wrong conclusion about a disease – a decision that a patient has or does not have a particular illness or condition when they have a different one or none at all. Every day, people put their lives in the hands of medical professionals who are trusted to make the best decision for their patients. These professionals and the hospitals must always follow the standard of care. However, when something goes wrong, patients can be left with horrific injuries that could haunt them for the rest of their lives. Here are some of the most common misdiagnoses.
Studies have shown that cancer misdiagnoses occur as often as 28% of the time. The three most commonly misdiagnosed cancers are lung cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer. Doctors claim this high rate of misdiagnosis is due to inadequate time for evaluating the patient, incomplete medical histories, and missing information.
Heart attacks are so often misdiagnosed due to the varying types of symptoms. Symptoms of a heart attack are different in young people compared to older people and are different in men compared to women. Some people may have no symptoms at all. Heart attack symptoms are attributed to other ailments such as the flu.
If there is no apparent bulls-eye-shaped rash on the patient, the doctor has a hard time correctly diagnosing it as Lyme disease. The inflammation also presents differently on deeper skin tones that doctors are not trained to recognize.
Tens of thousands of those with symptoms of a stroke go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed every year. These patients are often believed to be under the influence of alcohol or to have vertigo or migraines. According to a Johns Hopkins study, one-sixth of those patients visited the ER up to a month before their stroke with severe headaches and dizziness complaints.
If you have suffered serious injury from a medical misdiagnosis, it could be beneficial to speak to a medical malpractice attorney. We here at Snyder Law Group have the knowledge and experience to ensure you are adequately compensated for your injuries.
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