Experienced Portland Missed Diagnosis Attorneys
Helping Patients After a Missed or Misdiagnosis
When you visit your doctor or medical facility, you entrust them with your
health and well-being. Because they have studied medicine, you expect
your physicians to know how to recognize and properly diagnose symptoms
and assign the appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, that is not always
the case. There is a staggering 40% of missed or
misdiagnosis that occurs nationwide. Some cases are harmless and the ailment heals
on its own. Other cases result in debilitating injuries and even death.
Whatever the situation, your doctor should be held accountable for any
pain and suffering that occurs.
For experienced medical malpractice
attorneys, contact Paulson Coletti. Our missed diagnosis lawyers can review
your case and suggest the appropriate steps to take.
What Is a Missed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis?
Although often used interchangeably, missed and misdiagnosis are two separate
situations. With a
misdiagnosis, the doctor classifies symptoms with the wrong disease and order incorrect
missed diagnosis doctors fail to categorize the symptoms at all, which could lead to a
lack of treatment. In both cases, the patients can experience adverse
effects that can lead to permanent injuries or death. It is a doctor’s
responsibility to ensure proper interpretation of a case is made. The
attorneys at Paulson Coletti are trained in handling both situations and
are here to help.
Common Reasons for Missed Diagnosis
Anytime a patient comes in because of unidentified pain, there is the potential
for misdiagnosis. According to research, four out of 10 doctors will incorrectly
diagnose their patient. Although each case is different, there are certain
conditions that frequently are misidentified. Commonly missed illnesses
include heart attack, cancer, and infections.
Because every situation is unique, there is no concrete reason why missed
diagnosis happen. There are common occurrences, however. There are times
that physicians are underqualified to give medical care or are in a rush.
Other reasons include:
- The doctor does not have training for advanced diseases
- The symptoms are too similar
- Doctors choose to diagnose illnesses that are cheaper to treat
- Hospitals order incorrect tests or relay incorrect information
- The doctor doesn’t spend enough time with the patient
- Human error
How to Avoid a Missed Diagnosis
Although there is no foolproof method in avoiding a missed diagnosis, there
are ways you can protect yourself. By going into the doctor’s office
as an aware patient, you will reduce the risk of a missed diagnosis. The
first way to protect yourself is by asking your doctor, “What else
can it be?” These simple words can make all the difference. It makes
your doctor pause and reevaluate whether the symptoms truly match the
illness or if it could be something else.
Another way to protect yourself is through the differential diagnosis.
This is usually how a doctor figures out your disease. It is a process
of elimination of what the symptoms can be, until there is one left. If
you believe that there is an error in diagnosis, you can ask your physician
to reevaluate. You can also ask your physician to refer you to a specialist
for a second opinion.
Contact Our Portland Missed Diagnosis Lawyers Today!
It can be a painful experience knowing you have suffered unnecessarily.
If you are a victim of a missed or misdiagnosis, you may be eligible for
compensation. Our attorneys at Paulson Coletti are ready to stand by your
side. We prepare all our cases as if they were going to trial, paying
careful attention to all the details. Call us at (503) 433-3524 for a