El Paso Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyers
Misdiagnosis & Delayed Diagnosis Attorneys in El, Paso Texas
Proper medical care follows certain procedures, all beginning with a proper diagnosis of the condition from which the patient is suffering. Proper diagnosis allows the healthcare practitioner better narrow down on the root cause of the condition from which the patient suffers and treat such conditions. However, if the diagnosis is incorrect, the patient may be subjected to more pain as chances are high that such a patient will receive the wrong treatment or in certain cases, no treatment at all, for their condition.
Misdiagnosis is quite dangerous, and so is a delayed diagnosis. These two cases can be life-threatening and may lead to the death of affected victims.
A study published recently revealed that as much as 12 million adults in the United States are misdiagnosed annually in an outpatient setting. Furthermore, the study revealed that as much as half of the cases reported could potentially be harmful. A separate study which had been conducted earlier further held that as many as 40,500 critically ill and hospitalized patients in the United States are most likely to die due to the failure of clinicians to diagnose their life-threatening conditions.
Another research revealed that most patients are released from the emergency rooms with no explanations or diagnosis offered to explain the likely cause of the symptoms which the patients had suffered from, all these pointing to misdiagnosis, or in other cases, delayed diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed or their diagnosis delayed, leading to loss or worsening of their health condition, you can reach out to our Texas Misdiagnosis & Delayed Diagnosis Attorney for help under the Texas medical malpractice law.
Causes of Missed or Delayed Diagnosis
Most delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can be prevented against using multiple diagnostic tools which are available to doctors and clinicians, physician’s assistants, nurses and other stakeholders in the medical field. There are several reasons why a delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis case may be recorded, below are some of the negligent causes of such:
- Physician’s failure to listen and note the specific symptoms described by the patient
- Failure on the part of the physician to obtain a full medical and medication history of the patient
- Failure to obtain tests and results that are indicated by a patient’s symptoms
- Mishandling of laboratory specimens like blood, urine and fecal samples, tissue biopsies and more that could better explain the patient’s health condition
- Mix up or loss of patient’s lab or test results
- Failure to give proper interpretation to test results like X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, laboratory tests and more
- Disconnect in communication among medical care providers
The case of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis may be as a result of carelessness.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases
The most commonly misdiagnosed diseases in medical history include:
- Cancer ranging from 28 to 44 percent depending on the type of cancer
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Celiac disease
- Lyme disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Thyroid condition