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The Impact of Misdiagnosis

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 $39 billion
  • Misdiagnosis errors were the leading cause of claims associated with deaths and disabilities

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.)

2. 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)

3. Equivocal Diagnosis:

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.

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