Unfortunately, the practice of medicine isn’t an exact science. Each person’s symptoms are unique, and conditions may manifest themselves differently depending on the individual. That is why doctors and hospitals have to follow specific steps and protocols to avoid common medical malpractice mistakes.
Some conditions are more challenging to diagnose than others, often leading to many symptoms falling through the cracks. Lupus often goes misdiagnosed. Many times this condition is negligently diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis. Many patients receive the wrong treatment because doctors order incorrect tests and imaging necessary to diagnose a patient’s condition.
Parkinson’s disease has many symptoms that doctors often misdiagnose. The tremors in the hands, arms, and legs, issues with balance or difficulty in walking and stiff muscles often lead doctors to diagnose a person as having a possible tumor, head trauma, suffering from stress, a stroke or even Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors must perform a clinical examination on a patient to confirm or rule out a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis for sure since there aren’t any tests they can run to identify it.
Sometimes patients come to their doctor suffering from widespread pain without a clear cause, a condition which is known as fibromyalgia. They present with symptoms such as anxiety or depression, debilitating fatigue and sensitivity to pain. Doctors may incorrectly diagnose a patient as having chronic fatigue syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis. With no diagnostic lab tests available for the detection of fibromyalgia, a complete patient history is necessary, as well as correctly identifying 11 or more tender points on the body that are extremely sensitive to pain.
If you have received an incorrect medical diagnosis, you may be entitled to sue your Prince George’s County doctor for monetary compensation for their negligence in diagnosing you. The amount of financial compensation you’re entitled to may vary depending on Maryland law and the lack of due diligence they exhibited in rendering a diagnosis. A personal attorney can evaluate your case and recommend the best course of action to take in it.