Medical misdiagnosis is a common problem in the health care industry that affects an average of 12 million people every year. About 10 to 20% of all diagnoses are not correct, and 44% of different types of cancer are misdiagnosed. Prostate cancer, breast cancer and thyroid cancer are most often misdiagnosed by health care professionals.
Common causes of misdiagnosis
Some of the most common reasons a misdiagnosis can occur are if a radiologist interpreted the scans instead of a subspecialist. The doctor may also fail to offer the necessary follow-up tests. There might even be errors made with interpreting the results of the test.
How to avoid medical misdiagnosis
If you want to protect your health and be your own advocate, you can avoid a medical misdiagnosis and medical malpractice by getting a second opinion from another health care professional. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to question the doctor’s perspective. You should know what data led the doctor to their diagnosis.
It’s also important to provide the doctor with your medical history and to be thorough with the information. Write down each symptom you’re experiencing and bring in all medications you’re currently taking for the medical professional to review. Be specific about your symptoms to help them assess what you may be suffering from.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
If you believe you’re a victim of medical misdiagnosis, contact an attorney who has experience with similar cases. An attorney may work to help you receive the compensation you deserve whether you’ve suffered from physical injuries, lost wages or mounting medical bills. An attorney may inform you of your rights and might also assist in related manners like wrongful death if you lost a loved one due to a misdiagnosed illness.