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Patients should stay involved to avoid misdiagnosis

Diagnostic errors are a serious problem in the United States. Studies suggest that more than 12 million adults seeking medical attention are given the wrong diagnosis every year. The numbers are even higher when looking at children. At least half of these misdiagnoses end in serious injuries or death. Many experts complain, however, that little is being done to improve the problem. When people are not able to receive a diagnosis and a treatment plan that is helping them to improve their situation and heal, they should take action to seek other answers that might lead to a solution. When patients stay active in their healthcare, they know when they are not receiving the medical attention they need.

Problems with diagnosing Lyme disease

At the Law Office of JoJene E. Mills, P.C., we know that it can be frustrating when you are sick but you don’t know what’s wrong. With some serious conditions, such as cancer or brain injuries, the results can be devastating if you don’t receive an accurate or timely diagnosis. The same can be true for Arizona residents who are suffering from diseases that are difficult to detect and not widely understood in the medical community, such as Lyme disease.

Pancreatic cancer: A deadly disease

Misdiagnosis can prove to be deadly to those who have had the misfortune of experiencing it. When a physician gives a patient the wrong diagnosis, the actual disease or condition is given addition time to spread or worsen. This is the case for cancer patients who have been misdiagnosed or who have had a physician fail to provide a diagnosis at all.

How common is failure to diagnose?

When you visit your doctor and/or check into an Arizona hospital, you expect him, her or them to correctly diagnose your symptoms, render the appropriate treatment, prescribe the proper medications and get you back to living your normal life as quickly as possible. Sadly, however, none of the health care professionals involved in your case may live up to your expectations.

Miscommunication can lead to misdiagnosis

When people in Arizona make an appointment to see their physician, they expect to be given an accurate diagnosis of their condition. This will help them to receive the treatment they need. There are, however, a high number of incidents where patients are misdiagnosed or are falsely told they do not suffer from a condition at all. Medical misdiagnosis can lead to serious and permanent injury and even death in some cases. Researchers have looked at the factors that cause doctors to misdiagnose patients in an attempt to minimize this type of medical negligence.

To talk or not to talk (about medical errors) is the question

Going to the doctor can be scary when someone is having unusual symptoms or an extreme amount of pain. What happens when an Arizona resident braves the experience, shows up for the appointment, and comes out with a wrong diagnosis? 

3 types of cancer physicians miss the most

When you visit your Arizona physician, you probably have faith in his or her ability to diagnose what is ailing you and recommend a course of treatment. Regrettably, however, doctors are not immune to human error, and when physicians make mistakes or overlook symptoms that may indicate a serious problem, the consequences can prove considerable. At the Law Office of JoJene Mills, P.C., we understand how devastating it can be when doctors miss key signs of cancer and other serious medical conditions, and we have helped many clients who find themselves suffering because of such circumstances seek appropriate recourse.

The problem of overdiagnosis

While you may have heard of instances in Arizona of diseases not being diagnosed by doctors, there is another form of medical malpractice you may not be familiar with. Just as some conditions are not detected by doctors through a failure to diagnose, conversely some people will actually be overdiagnosed, or diagnosed for a disease or condition they do not possess.

How common is medical misdiagnosis?

When you visit a doctor or specialist in Arizona, you have little choice other than to place your faith in the hands of the professional you have entrusted with diagnosing you. Because medical professionals are held to such high standards, and because they have to go through so much schooling to practice medicine, many people think that physicians are immune from making mistakes.

Why are children so difficult to diagnose?

When your child is sick, you trust your Arizona pediatrician to ask the right questions, run the right tests, and then come up with an effective treatment plan. However, in many cases, a parent's trust may be misplaced. According to PinnacleCare.com, one insurance company providing medical malpractice policies to pediatricians revealed that 61 percent of the claims against these doctors were for a wrong diagnosis.