Preventing Misdiagnosis

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Misdiagnosis is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice that occurs when a doctor or health care professional fails to properly diagnose a condition. According to a large-scale study of autopsy reports, misdiagnosis accounts for 30 to 40 percent of deaths from medical malpractice in the cases studies.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death as a result of a misdiagnosis, please contact us today to speak to a qualified medical malpractice attorney who can protect your legal rights and interests.

There are many steps a patient can take to avoid or reduce the risks of misdiagnosis. The following are some ways of preventing misdiagnosis:

•  Visit a specialist – A trained health care professional who specializes in a certain field is less likely to misdiagnosis a condition based on your signs and symptoms. If your doctor has diagnosed you with a condition, see a specialist who can confirm the diagnosis.

•  Get a second opinion – One of the best ways of preventing misdiagnosis is by getting a second opinion. If two diagnoses match, your chances of a misdiagnosis are significantly decreased.

•  Ask a lot of questions – Be sure to ask your doctor lots of questions about the diagnosis including: what it is, why it was given, what tests were performed, what are other possible diagnoses and related conditions, and what conditions have been completely ruled out? The more information you know, the more you can reduce the risk of misdiagnosis.

•  Get repeated lab or pathology tests – Some misdiagnosis cases result from incorrect laboratory tests. Requesting a repeat test, a different test, or a different brand of the same test is an important method in preventing misdiagnosis.

•  Do your research – Researching your condition to find more information about correct diagnosis methods and test procedures will ensure you received the proper and adequate care when getting diagnosed.

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