How to Avoid Medical Misdiagnosis

How to Avoid Medical Misdiagnosis

For many years, doctors occupied an exalted place because of their education and training, and their opinions were accepted without question by patients. That has changed now that people can get good medical knowledge on the Internet, and more people are willing to question or disagree with their doctors than ever before. However, there are still plenty of people who are reluctant to question a doctor’s diagnosis, even if they have a good reason for feeling that it’s wrong. The problem is that doctors most definitely can be wrong. Despite their education and training, they can make a mistake in diagnosing an ailment, and those mistakes can cause suffering or even death. There are thousands of misdiagnosed cases every year, and many times they are caused by poor communication between doctor and patient. To avoid a misdiagnosis, it is important for patients to communicate effectively with their doctor. Whenever you meet with your doctor, open up completely about your condition. Give the doctor every detail about your symptoms, the medications you’re taking, your family history — even things like your diet and exercise habits. Never underestimate what a doctor will need to know for a correct diagnosis — tell more, rather than less. Never shrug off as “not important” a symptom or detail about your condition. Let the doctor decide what’s important and what is not. Ask as many questions as you can to make sure you understand your condition and treatment completely. Speak up! it may help you avoid a misdiagnosis. If you feel that you’ve been misdiagnosed, you may need to see a malpractice attorney. Michael W. McElroy, P.C., you will get the benefit of legal counsel that is skilled in medical malpractice work. We can’t...
After a Car Accident: What to Do?

After a Car Accident: What to Do?

Even minor auto accidents can be scary things. When you have a collision in a car or truck, the moment of impact is jarring and disorienting, especially if you aren’t prepared for the impact. You can have symptoms of shock no matter how minor the collision, and you may not be thinking clearly as a result. That’s why the first thing you should do is try to calm down and follow some simple procedures. You need to take a rational approach or there could be ramifications that will come back later to cause problems. Here are some dos and don’ts for the aftermath of a car accident. Do not leave the scene. Even if you think the accident was minor, do not leave the scene until you are sure it’s safe to do so. In many cases, this would be after police arrive and tell you the situation is under control. Leaving the scene of an accident that involves serious injury or death can subject you to serious charges. Do check on everyone involved in the accident. Worry about the people first, vehicles second. Call for medical help for anyone who needs it, and avoid moving anyone until the emergency professionals arrive. Do call the police. This is becoming standard procedure for even minor car accidents, because police are trained to assess the medical needs of accident  victims quickly, as well as to evaluate property damage. You should always get the badge numbers of the officers on the scene, and ask them to file a report. A police report can be an important piece of your legal case later on, and you should make sure you get a copy of it. Do call...