Be Vigilant of Misdiagnoses


We trust our doctors to tell us what’s wrong. After all, it’s their job, right? We pay them for their expertise, so why wouldn’t we trust them?

Trust is one thing, but blind faith is another. Listen to your doctor, but if something just doesn’t feel right, maybe you should think it through and get a second opinion. Here are five ways to determine if you might have been misdiagnosed:

  1. You don’t get better with treatment. If a treatment for a particular illness doesn’t seem to be working, maybe there’s a simple explanation: you don’t have that illness.
  2. Your symptoms don’t match your diagnosis. Do some searches on Google or Yahoo for your supposed condition. If key symptoms are missing or if you have other symptoms not listed, your doctor may have made a mistake. Of course, don’t trust just any site, and don’t trust a site that seems to disagree with all the others. The internet is far less trustworthy than your doctor sometimes.
  3. Your diagnosis is based entirely on a lab test. Laboratories have been known to make mistakes, and if there’s no corroborating evidence, you should be dubious. Make sure you get a test done by a reputable lab that specializes in your supposed condition.
  4. Your doctor makes mountains out of molehills. Don’t listen if your doctor tells you that everyday things are caused by out-of-this world diseases. Get a second opinion.
  5. Your diagnosis is based on tests you never received. Often, there are telltale tests that can and should be done for particular conditions. If you never received those tests, maybe you should.

All in all, it is crucial to be vigilant and skeptical. Doctors make mistakes, and sometimes even err on the side of profitable treatments and drugs that might be otherwise harmless. Get a second opinion, and don’t go forward with treatment until you’re satisfied that you really have what they say you have. In some cases, a misdiagnosis can be just as dangerous as a failure to diagnose major diseases like heart attacks or cancer.

Sometimes, misdiagnoses can lead to major health problems, either by proscribing risky treatments that cause damage by drugs or procedures. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a doctor’s misdiagnosis, you need a lawyer to help you get back on track. Contact today to get in touch with a skilled malpractice lawyer in your area.