It can be difficult to imagine that you would become the victim of a misdiagnosis. Most patients trust that their doctor’s expertise, education and training are enough to help reach a correct diagnosis when they are experiencing symptoms. However, the reality is that too many patients find themselves in the position of being given the wrong diagnosis.
Here are 6 ways you may be able to help avoid a misdiagnosis:
- research the condition you have been diagnosed with;
- ask to see a specialist;
- ask for a thorough explanation of the condition you are being diagnosed with and how the medical staff reached that conclusion;
- seek a second opinion;
- ask lots of questions including how sure the doctor is of the diagnosis, if other conditions have been ruled out, if there are related diseases, etc.;
- request that pathology or laboratory tests be repeated; and
- research the doctor.
The bottom line is that you do not have to just accept what the doctor has said. You have every right to ensure that the diagnosis is correct and that you are receiving the proper treatment. If you are not comfortable with your doctor, seek someone else. If you have become the victim of medical malpractice, an attorney, based in New York, can help you pursue a claim.
Contacting a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney
When you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved because of a misdiagnosis, you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a New York medical malpractice attorney can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing a medical malpractice claim is right for you. At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of medical malpractice attorneys that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your medical malpractice claim, contact us today – 1-800-246-4878.