When we are undergoing medical care, our instinct is usually to trust what our doctors tell us. After all, they are the ones who have completed professional training. Unfortunately, doctors are actually far from infallible. A shocking 2005 study estimated that somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of medical diagnoses are incorrect – a kind of error that can have severe medical consequences for patients.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a doctor’s failure to correctly diagnose a health condition, you may have grounds for legal action. To discuss your best options with a Des Moines personal injury lawyer, call LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.
When to Seek a Second Opinion
Many people find it difficult to second guess their healthcare providers; doctors can be intimidating, and sometimes act as if they have no time for questions. However, for the sake of your own health, you need to seek a second opinion if you are having doubts about your diagnosis. Some potential red flags of an incorrect diagnosis are:
- Your treatment is not working as well as expected. It is true that sometimes treatments simply do not work as well as we hope. However, if your treatment is failing to meet reasonable expectations, it may simply be the wrong one.
- Your symptoms contradict your diagnosis. This is where doing your own research can be very useful. If your experiences do not match your diagnosis, or if your illness is not progressing as predicted, you may have been wrongly diagnosed.
- Your doctor will not address your concerns. You have the right to request additional testing if you feel it is necessary. If your doctor will not take steps to confirm your diagnosis, or even answer your questions, you may not be receiving adequate medical care.
If you do find that you have been treated for the wrong condition, our knowledgeable Des Moines incorrect diagnosis attorneys can help you decide what steps to take next.
The Des Moines wrong diagnosis lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have the experience and knowledge you need for success. Contact us today at (515) 705-0233.