Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis & Malpractice

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A new report conducted by the National Academy of Medicine proves that almost every American will suffer a wrong or late diagnosis at least once during their lifetime. In fact, the number of misdiagnoses that occur throughout the United States is shockingly high, but the complex medical system conceals these statistics and occurrences from the public.

Below are a few shocking conclusions found in the recently released report.

  • Over five percent of American adults who have sought outpatient care have experienced a misdiagnosis.
  • Studies show that nearly 10 percent of patient deaths are the result of misdiagnosis.
  • Misdiagnoses account for six to 17 percent of adverse events throughout U.S. hospitals

When medical professionals miss the chance to properly diagnose a serious condition, they waste precious time that could be used in fighting the illness. If your medical practitioner acted with gross negligence, and his or her misdiagnosis caused you serious harm, you should talk to a committed, knowledgeable, and experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer about a possible medical malpractice case.

You could be entitled to compensation for expenses incurred and losses suffered because of the misdiagnosis, including but not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Stress / anxiety
  • Missed wages
  • Expenses of unnecessary treatment
  • Exacerbated medical problems

Why Choose our Phildalephia Medical Malpratice Attorneys?

The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs understand the hardships that can occur when a person has been misdiagnosed. We are passionate about what we do. Our goal is to fight with our clients aggressively while extending a hand of compassion during the difficult times they face. You should be able to focus on getting better and putting your ill health behind you — our team can handle the technicalities of your case.

Our injury lawyers have been successful in recovering millions of dollars for our injured clients. This includes numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Our attorneys have a long list of achievements — such as inclusion in the list of Best Lawyers in America as well as an AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. These accolades within our industry serve to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to being the best we can be for the men and women whose cases we represent.

What Can I Do to Prevent a Diagnosis Error?

When it comes to your health, it is crucial to take the necessary steps to ensure you are as safe and healthy as possible. While it may be intimidating to ask questions when speaking with a healthcare professional, it is absolutely necessary and can be the difference between illness and recovery. Below is a list of things you can do to avoid a misdiagnosis.

Explain Your Symptoms Clearly

  • When informing a physician about your condition, it is vital to explain any details you can recall. While some symptoms may seem minor, they can be essential for a doctor to make a correct diagnosis. Likewise, it is important to reveal any information about any past symptoms or conditions you may have suffered.

Describe All Previous and Current Treatments

  • It is important that you explain any treatments you have undergone and the reasons for those treatments. Explain to the doctor whether those treatments helped, worsened your condition, or had no effect. These facts may be significant to an accurate diagnosis.

Keep Personal Records of All Healthcare Office Visitations

  • Keep a personal record of any medical office visits, medication prescriptions, and test results. Although you may not think these factors are significant to a current diagnosis process, a doctor may be able to use these details to form an accurate diagnosis.

Ask Many Questions

  • Ask any and all questions you may have when visiting the doctor. Remember, you are the one that has to live with the condition and have every right to know what the doctor predicts or knows about your illnesses. Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor.
    • What factors are causing these symptoms or complications?
    • What are other possibilities?
    • When should I receive my test results?
    • What should I do once I obtain these results?

If you have suffered from a misdiagnosis, we encourage you to schedule a free case evaluation today.