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Getting a second opinion can help ensure you get proper care

When we visit a doctor for an examination, we tend to trust his or her assessment. This is because doctors are trained professionals and their opinions are based on years of medical training and practice. But no doctor is infallible and everyone is capable of making a mistake. The problem is that there can be serious consequences if a doctor makes an error when diagnosing a patient.

Report illustrates the frequency of diagnostic errors

When you are not feeling right or are experiencing clearly noticeable medical symptoms, it is important to have a doctor perform an examination. We prefer to believe that doctors have the knowledge and skills needed to always accurately diagnose any illness or condition that may be affecting our health. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes just like anyone else. In fact, diagnostic errors may be occurring more often than you think.

Patient safety requires that doctors be good listeners

Calvin Coolidge once said, "It takes a great man to be a good listener." In other words, it takes a person of merit to appreciate the opinions and ideas of others. It is true that the best way to learn is to pay attention to what people tell us.

A doctor's failure to listen can cost a patient his or her life

If you visit a doctor because you believe you may have a medical issue, you may tend to accept the diagnosis that he or she gives you. This makes sense in that the doctor is a trained professional and should be able to figure out whether your condition requires treatment. But the fact is that doctors, as educated as they may be, are still human beings and can make mistakes. For this reason, the next time you see a doctor for an examination, you want to pay attention to his or her method of forming your diagnosis.

There are a number of illnesses doctors commonly misdiagnose

Doctors go through very rigorous training to receive their professional credentials. So by the time they are seeing patients, they should be adept at diagnosing symptoms and prescribing treatment. And doctors typically are able to assess a patient's condition with a high degree of accuracy.

When doctors make mistakes

We like to think that our doctors, specialists and surgeons are perfect. We like to believe that they are incapable of making mistakes and are absolute experts in their field. The hard truth, however, is that doctors in all fieldsĀ are humans. And, far from the infallible creatures that we wish them to be, they are capable of making mistakes.

Parents advancing in failure to diagnose malpractice case

The birth of a baby is an exciting time in the life of an Arizona family. Families place a great deal of trust in the medical staff who provide prenatal care, as well as the team that will handle labor and delivery needs. When that trust is broken, a number of negative consequences can follow. An example is found in an unusual case in which a claim of failure to diagnose one child's disability led a family to give birth to a second child who is also disabled.

Most physicians are sued by the time they reach age 60

One aspect to remember about the world of medical care and medical malpractice is that most physicians, doctors and medical professionals are good people who perform their jobs immaculately. This doesn't free them from the occasional mistake -- but it is recognition that most medical professionals work very hard and try even harder to help their patients.

If you are medically wronged, what should you do?

Let's say that you are treated at a medical facility after suffering some sort of medical emergency. The severity of the medical emergency could be minor in nature, or it could be incredibly serious. But in any case, mistakes are made on the part of the medical professionals involved and you suffer even more than just the symptoms of your medical condition as a result.

Prove it: how to establish medical negligence after an injury

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about diagnostic mistakes and how these particular cases are very problematic not only for the patients, but also for the medical professionals and institutions involved. Diagnosing a medical condition seems like easy work, but as we pointed out in that blog post, it is essentially inevitable that a medical professional or medical institution will make a mistake of some kind while diagnosing a patient.