When a misdiagnosis is at play, patients have to be more vigilant than ever. It’s easy to want to take the advice of a doctor and to assume what he or she says is the actual diagnosis, but if you see that symptoms aren’t resolving or that you’re getting worse, asking for a second opinion is a wise step. If you then find that your diagnosis was wrong or simply missed, you can often seek a claim if the lack of a diagnosis or wrong diagnosis led to further injury.
Not every doctor has every answer. There are hundreds of different potential diagnoses for patients in a number of different medical fields. Around 40,000 to 80,000 people die in the United States because of missed, delayed or inaccurate diagnoses, too. Keeping this in mind, it’s a surprise more patients don’t seek second opinions when something isn’t quite right.
There are around 10,000 diagnosable conditions in the books, and another 200 are found each year, it’s been estimated. It can be hard to see how many diagnoses have been missed, since autopsies are only performed in around six percent or fewer hospital deaths.
Being an active, engaged patient will help you stay on top of your health and encourage medical providers to take you seriously. If you find that you don’t feel your doctor is listening to your concerns, know that you have the right to seek a second opinion.
If you’re hurt because a doctor fails to diagnose you correctly, you have the option of seeking a malpractice lawsuit. Our website has more information on the law and what to do if you think you’ve been a victim of a negligent health care provider.