A medical misdiagnosis is a serious mistake that can and probably will impact you in many ways. With this in mind, it’s imperative to take the steps necessary to prevent this from happening to you (or a loved one).
Here are a few things you can do to avoid a costly misdiagnosis:
- Plan in advance: Before you enter an appointment with a medical professional, have a clear plan in place as to how things should proceed. For example, coming prepared with copies of all medical results is a great place to start.
- Review your medical history: Sometimes a bit of history can go a long way in helping a doctor provide an accurate diagnosis the first time around. The more medical history you can share the better off you’ll be.
- Describe all your symptoms: Don’t stop short when discussing your current condition with your doctor. You need to describe every symptom to ensure that your medical team is clear as to what you’re facing.
- Ask about the next steps: Don’t let your doctor make a diagnosis and send you on your way. Instead, ask about what to expect next, such as any additional symptoms that call for a different course of action.
Taking these steps can go a long way in helping you avoid a medical misdiagnosis.
If you find yourself in this position anyway, don’t wait to consult with another doctor who can help you get back on track. Also, keep track of everything that’s gone wrong, as this information can be helpful when seeking follow-up treatment and/or taking steps to protect your legal rights.