Doctors and other medical specialized are in many ways the backbone of our society. We put our lives in their hands and expect the best. Without them we would have no defense against disease and infection and chaos and death would likely be later to. However, as much as we are indebted to the medical field and those who work in it, there are times that doctors and others rule patients astray. This is why medical malpractice exists. It is the legal way of keeping medical professionals in check and providing a justice outlet for those that have been victim to negligent doctors. One way in which patients are commonly led astray is by misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis is one of the main forms of medical malpractice today.
What is Misdiagnosis?
Imagine that you come into your trusted doctor with complaints of certain painful symptoms. But instead of thoroughly researching what may be affecting you, your doctor instead makes a hasty judgment call and decides that you have a certain disease. He then starts you on an intense medical regimen to fight off that particular disease.
But instead of getting better, you find that the symptoms get worse and worse until you are in so much pain that you have to go to the hospital. When you get to the hospital, many tests are run on you in an effort to figure out what is truly wrong. In the end, the doctors at the hospital discover that you are experiencing from cancer.
But at this stage, the cancer has metastasized and the outlook is not so good. Were the cancer diagnosis to have come when you first complained to your doctor, the proper treatment could have been given and you would have had a much better chance at fighting the cancer as it was fairly small at that time.
In this case, your doctor is guilty of medical malpractice in the form of misdiagnosis. His or her misdiagnosis may cost you your life.
In order to keep this from happening to you, there are certain things you should always do after seeing your doctor. These include:
o Ask many questions. Never be fearful of asking questions or worried that you are asking too many.
o Research on your own
o Seek out a second opinion
To find out more about misdiagnosis, visit the website of the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, SC.