Health is quite possibly the most important factor when it comes to a person’s
quality of life. For this reason, many people make visits to doctors and
specialists to make sure they are living healthy lifestyles.
Physicians stand at the forefront of providing accurate service to their
patients. However, inaccuracies occur. Unfortunately, mistakes in the
medical field can leave a person with serious health complications.
Below are some statistics of misdiagnosis cases:
- 12 million adults are misdiagnosed every year, leaving patients extremely
ill, and in some cases, dead.
- One out of 20 adults has been misdiagnosed
- Misdiagnoses make up majority of US malpractice debts, totaling an estimated
- Misdiagnosis errors were the leading cause of claims associated with deaths
The Types of Misdiagnosis
There are various forms of misdiagnosis, all of which can be detrimental.
The three different forms of misdiagnosis are
1. False Negative Misdiagnosis:
The type of diagnosis that states the disease is not present in the patient
when it is. These types of misdiagnosis are dangerous because a patient can be refused
a treatment they actually need. (For example: A patient not receiving
radiation treatments when cancer is present.)
False Positive Misdiagnosis:
The type of diagnosis that states the disease is present but actually is
not present. These types of misdiagnosis are dangerous because they can cause a patient
to be treated for a disease they do not have. (For example: A patient
receiving radiation treatments without a true form of cancer)
The type of diagnosis that is left questionable, left without a definite
diagnosis. These types of misdiagnosis are dangerous because a person’s disease
may progress without any kind of treatment.
Every type of misdiagnosis has a consequence, though the severity of such
misdiagnosis differs case to case.
What Should I Do if I Am Suspicious of a Diagnosis or Lack of a Diagnosis?
If you are suspicious of a diagnosis or lack of diagnosis, be sure to consult
a physician. If you already have, seek a second opinion. Make sure when
speaking to a physician you
explain your medical history,
any family medical history, and
follow up with any tests taken by the doctor. By explaining all details to your doctor and following up for test results,
you will be more likely to receive accurate results and the appropriate
treatments, if needed at all.
What Should I do if I have Been Misdiagnosed?
If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed, it is imperative that you
receive medical attention immediately. In regards to health, every minute
of every day helps.
Our San Jose
medical malpractice attorneys understand the detrimental ways a misdiagnosis can affect a person and
person’s family’s life. With experience and dedication, we
represent our clients every step of the way and seek maximum compensation
for your troubles and medical expenses.
If you have a case you wish to discuss,
contact out San Jose personal injury lawyers at Habba & Associates at (888) 387-4053.