The Reasons Why Misdiagnosis Occurs

The Reasons Why Misdiagnosis Occurs

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 13-Nov-2018

When you pay a visit to your doctor or go to the hospital for a check-up or with complaints of certain symptoms, you expect these medical professionals to detect and properly diagnose your condition, so you can begin the process of treating it. Oftentimes, patients leave the doctor’s office knowing what ails them, but when medical professionals fail to uphold the accepted standard of care in their field, patients pay the price. A misdiagnosis can cost a patient valuable time he or she could have spent beginning treatment, or it could put a patient in a position where he or she believes aggressive and damaging treatment is necessary after being misdiagnosed with a serious disease.

How do such terrible errors occur in a field that is all about promoting wellness and good health? We have compiled a list of reasons below:

  • Lack of proper training for advanced diseases: There are potentially tens of thousands of conditions that could affect a person. A patient who is seeking medical assistance will expect a doctor to be aware of these diseases and their symptoms and, if a doctor lacks knowledge and proper training, a patient’s symptoms will likely be confusing and lead him or her to believe a patient is suffering from something else entirely.
  • The proper tests required for an accurate diagnosis were not ordered: To effectively diagnose a patient, doctors must order certain tests. Of course, there are countless tests available and they cannot all be ordered, so doctors must use the patient’s symptoms as a guide for figuring out what tests are necessary. However, it is important to not be misled by a patient’s symptoms or to base the tests he or she orders solely on a patient’s description of symptoms. Ordering as many tests as possible is a key element in avoiding a misdiagnosis.
  • The symptoms resemble those that are associated with other medical conditions: It is not uncommon for both major and minor health conditions to have similar symptoms, which can confuse a doctor. That is why it is so imperative for doctors to do extensive testing. Otherwise, once the illness or disease becomes apparent, it might be too late to treat the patient.

Ultimately, even doctors are prone to negligence and carelessness, which can lead to terrible or even fatal mistakes. If you were harmed by a medical professional and were misdiagnosed, reach out to a medical malpractice attorney to learn more about your options.

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