Receiving an incorrect medical diagnosis can have devastating consequences. If you believe you received a misdiagnosis, it is important to take action right away.
There are a few steps you can take to get the proper diagnosis and care.
Gather your medical records
Be sure to collect all your medical records, including test results, doctor’s notes and correspondence. Bring these documents with you when seeking a second opinion to help the new doctor make an accurate diagnosis and they can serve as valuable evidence if you have a malpractice claim.
Get a second opinion
If you think your doctor misdiagnosed your condition, you should get a second opinion from another doctor. Sharing your concerns and medical history with a new provider may lead to them catching something the first doctor missed. Getting a fresh set of eyes on your case can make all the difference.
Seek legal counsel
Misdiagnosis can warrant taking legal action, especially if the incorrect diagnosis leads to harm or improper treatment. An attorney can help you understand your rights and determine if you have grounds to file a malpractice lawsuit against the doctor or healthcare facility.
Research shows that more than 70% of diagnostic errors occur in ambulatory care settings. Facing misdiagnosis is a frustrating experience. But by gathering your medical records, seeking a second doctor’s opinion and consulting a malpractice attorney, you can get the proper diagnosis and care while holding the original care provider accountable. The right steps can help you finally find answers and potentially recoup damages.