There is potential for medical misdiagnosis whenever you set foot in a doctor's office or hospital. In the health industry, very few promises are made, and it is rare that 100 percent effort is put forth on each and every patient. Doctors, nurses, surgeons, and others who make a living in the medical field all endorse a standard level of care, but it is difficult for them to maintain this with everyone that they treat.
Medical malpractice is a severe blow to the healthcare standard in the US. When you are admitted to the hospital, the last thing you want to think of is a doctor making an error in relation to your treatment. Although uncommon, this does happen, and a patient's condition may be misdiagnosed as a result. In turn, the doctor may prescribe the patient an ineffective drug that is harmful or life-threatening.
Diseases that are often mistaken for something else include:
Whether it is a physician's fault or someone else's on the medical staff, there are a variety of scenarios in which medical misdiagnosis can occur. If the condition that goes unrecognized is one of the ones listed above or something just as serious, the patient may shortly find themselves in dire straits.
According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, almost half of patients believe they have been the victim of medical misdiagnosis. Medical professionals would be hesitant to admit it, but it is the cold, hard truth that concern for patients' well-being is sometimes sacrificed for monetary issues such as the cost of medical testing, drugs, and general operating expenses.
Medical misdiagnosis puts our healthcare system at serious risk because if these cases persist, more and more people will be afraid to go to the hospital for treatment. By continuing to educate the public about what goes on behind the scenes at medical facilities and encouraging people to file medical malpractice lawsuits, maybe we can possibly invoke change.
If you think you have been a victim of medical misdiagnosis, there is a medical malpractice attorney out there waiting to recover the money you deserve for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of this mistake.