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Your doctor is accountable for his or her medical diagnosis

Even if you have some type of medical background, there is no expectation you will be able to properly diagnose yourself. That is part of a licensed medical doctor's job. When you seek medical examination because you are not feeling well, it is reasonable that you expect your doctor to be able to figure out the underlying cause of your ill health. 

If, for some reason, your doctor feels that your condition is beyond his or her scope of ability, he or she may be able to recommend another means of medical support to help you obtain a correct diagnosis. What happens, however, if your doctor makes a diagnosis and it winds up being wrong? What if you suffer worse health because of it? Sadly, some Ohio medical patients have died when their doctors failed to properly diagnose their conditions. 

Diseases that should concern you most regarding misdiagnosis 

Your doctor can't know everything; after all, he or she is merely human and is capable of making mistakes. There is a difference between accidental human error and negligence. The following diseases often fall under misdiagnoses that can wind up leaving medical patients in worse condition than when they first sought medical support:  

  • Cancer: There are many types of cancer. The type of treatment that works for one type may not even be recommended for another; it is critical toward your optimum care that your doctor swiftly and correctly diagnoses your condition.
  • Fibromyalgia: Numerous ill-health conditions can cause joint or muscle pain. Your doctor is responsible for being able to determine if you suffer from arthritis, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease or fibromyalgia.
  • Heart attack: If you go to a doctor's office or hospital while suffering from chest pain, those tending to your care should be able to determine if you are having a heart attack; yet, this is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed health conditions. If your doctor says you merely suffered an anxiety attack, you may want to seek a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis. 
  • Stroke: Do you know some people have suffered strokes only to have their doctors mistake their conditions for intoxication?  

Medical negligence causes thousands of injuries in Ohio and throughout the nation every year. If you have a health problem that is easily treatable when properly and swiftly diagnosed, it's understandable that you'd be upset if a misdiagnosis were to cause your health to decline even further. Situations like this often lead to medical malpractice litigation.

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