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The Doctor Didn't Diagnose Me Until Too Late

Mellino Law Firm

This happens far more often than most people would think. If you stop to think about it, you have likely been to the doctor and been diagnosed with something you don’t have. It could be as simple as the doctor saying you have a sinus infection, when you may have an abscessed tooth. While that is a minor example of something that may happen, if your doctor misdiagnoses something like cancer, a health attack, stroke or mistakes allergies for something else, you could be in a whole world of hurt.

Think about being misdiagnosed if you have cancer and your treatments got started too late or conversely, you were diagnosed with cancer and started treatments, only to find out you did not have cancer. It happens and when it does, it’s time to talk to an experienced Cleveland malpractice lawyer. Most doctors provide outstanding medical care and diagnosis, but when bad things happen, as they tend to do from time to time, they need to be talked about and dealt with directly.

The disturbing facts about failure to diagnose are that it affects at least 155 people out of every 1,000 patients. What is most commonly misdiagnosed? Cancer, stroke, heart attacks, sleep disorders, osteoporosis, toxoplasmosis, ovarian cancer, thyroid disorders and hypertension. While these are commonly misdiagnosed conditions or events at a doctor’s office, they may also happen in the ER.

Along with the above conditions that get missed are several others that often get tagged as being the wrong thing in the ER; for example, meningitis and appendicitis. Granted that ER docs do give ECGs to see if a person did have a heart attack; but unfortunately, they are not always accurate.

The bottom line here is if you are not properly diagnosed, you will wind up getting worse which costs you more money for more tests. Furthermore, you may get the wrong medications which may not work, may result in dangerous side effects, and may mask the symptoms of the “real” disease. It may also mean the original disease progresses to the point where it cannot be treated or even cured.

If you have been in a situation like that or are currently in that position, speak to an experienced Cleveland malpractice lawyer about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover compensation. It’s your life and you need to take control of it and find justice.


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