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The importance of being your own healthcare advocate

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

We often visit the doctor with a healthcare complaint only to have our concerns brushed off. They ask some questions, give us a physical examination, write a prescription, and send us on our way.

You leave the office feeling dissatisfied, but they have the education and training, so they must know what they’re talking about, right?

A misdiagnosis can lead to a fatality

It’s no secret that doctors make mistakes. One of the most common and potentially deadly mistakes that doctors can make is a misdiagnosis. Patients with an incorrect diagnosis may not receive the treatment they need for their condition. In some cases, this can lead to a delay in treatment that allows the situation to worsen, or it can cause them to be prescribed ineffective or even harmful medication.

In extreme cases, a misdiagnosis can be fatal. In fact, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. That’s why it’s so important to be your own healthcare advocate and speak up when something is wrong. Make sure that you understand everything your doctor tells you. If you don’t feel comfortable asking questions or speaking up, find a friend or family member who can help you out.

If you believe that a doctor’s misdiagnosis led to the death of a loved one, you should speak with someone who can review your case. They can consult with another medical professional to confirm whether or not the original diagnosis was incorrect. Once they have established the facts, they can advise you on filing a lawsuit against the doctor so that you can receive compensation for your loss.