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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.

However, it is possible for a doctor to misread a patient's symptoms. And should this happen, a patient may not receive the proper treatment in a timely fashion, which could lead to very serious complications. For this reason, it is important for doctors to make sure they ask all the necessary questions and perform the right tests when diagnosing a patient. This is especially true when a patient exhibits symptoms that can be linked to a variety of potential causes.

As a patient, it is helpful if you are aware of some of the illnesses that doctors commonly misdiagnose, which included the following:

  • Lyme disease, which may be misdiagnosed as mononucleosis, depression or flu.
  • Heart attack, which may be misdiagnosed as a panic attack or indigestion.
  • Lupus, which may be misdiagnosed as a number of things including rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
  • Parkinson's disease, which may misdiagnosed as stress, stroke or Alzheimer's disease.

Doctors are human and can make mistakes, but they also owe their patients a duty of care when performing examinations and recommending treatment. And should a doctor cause harm to a patient as a result of failing to meet the reasonable standards of the profession, he or she could be held liable for damages.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to the misdiagnosis of a negligent doctor, you may wish to explore the possibility of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. There may be several options for pursuing appropriate compensation. An experienced attorney could assess your case and help you decide your best course of legal action.

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