Whether we’re not feeling well or we simply want to be sure we’re healthy, we rely on doctors to make accurate assessments, diagnose us accordingly, and put an effective treatment plan in place. For many people, this literally means putting their lives in the hands of medical professionals. When a misdiagnosis occurs, the end result can be tragic. The patient may not receive the proper treatment, and as a result, their condition only worsens. In other cases, they may receive a diagnosis for the wrong condition, and receive an entirely different treatment plan from the one they truly need. In many misdiagnosis cases, the patient ends up suffering adverse conditions; a misdiagnosis can also be fatal. When a misdiagnosis occurs, a misdiagnosis lawsuit may result.
According to AARP, a shocking 20 percent of all serious medical conditions are misdiagnosed. While just about any medical condition can be misdiagnosed, the association also reports the following to be some of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions and illnesses:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Lyme disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Celiac disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
Aside from misdiagnosed conditions, there are also symptoms that are commonly misdiagnosed. These include cough, shortness of breath, and abdominal pain, which when misdiagnosed, have frequently turned out to be much more serious conditions. Misdiagnosis may result from a number of reasons, such as medical professionals misinterpreting test results, and neglecting to order the right diagnostic tests in order to make a completely accurate diagnosis. Although there is never a surefire way to prevent misdiagnosis, a second opinion can be helpful, and may even be life-saving. Unfortunately for many patients, a misdiagnosis is only realized once it is too late and a patient’s condition has worsened considerably. This type of medical mistake can end up costing a patient his or her life.
Whether you were personally misdiagnosed, or a loved one was misdiagnosed, you may already be in the process of seeking the justice you deserve. If you are currently waiting for a monetary settlement from a medical malpractice lawsuit, you may have another option of receiving money sooner through a process known as pre-settlement funding. Also frequently referred to as a lawsuit advance, this process is meant to help plaintiffs in lawsuits receive their money sooner, without the longer wait that typically comes when waiting on a personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuit to finalize. Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.