Medical Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose

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misdiagnosis failure to diagnoseOne of the most troubling areas of medical neglect and malpractice is misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose certain conditions.

This is most commonly seen in cancer cases. Misdiagnosing cancer is more than a case of frustration and anxiety, it can have severe and life threatening consequences.

The most successful way to treat cancer is through early detection. When there is a misdiagnosis, it only delays proper treatment. This in turn causes the patient to deal with more complicated and aggressive health treatments than they would otherwise.

Chemotherapy, radiation, and the use of prescription medications may be harsher than would be if the cancer had been detected in the earlier stages.
When it comes to cancer, time is of the essence and a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis will only cause recovery to be prolonged.

In cases of misdiagnosis, a patient often undergoes serious medical treatments and receives prescription medications that they do not need. Not only can this be costly, but it can also cause harm to the patient’s physical as well as emotional well being.

It is imperative that medical health care staff takes the time to order x-rays, take tests, and do whatever is necessary to ensure that they have provided their patients with the best medical care possible. However, this isn’t always the case, and when a patient is harmed due to the negligence of medical personnel, they should speak with an attorney.