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How does misdiagnosis occur?

The thought that you could go to see your doctor or be sent to the hospital yet come out in a worse condition than you were in when you arrived is a worrying one. While many patients in New York receive excellent treatment, not everyone is so fortunate. Each year countless patients suffer severe exacerbation of their conditions as a result of erroneous diagnoses.

If your condition is misdiagnosed, not only will you not receive the correct treatment, you could even be provided with a course of treatment that makes you more unwell. Many medicines and therapies are particularly potent and if used on the wrong person can pose significant health risks. In some cases, patients go through painful, exhausting and traumatic therapies in the belief that they are saving themselves from a worse condition.

Imagine the realization that you went through all that for nothing and your true condition is still there, untreated. Sadly, it can happen all too easily. Many conditions share similar symptoms and some rarer illnesses that do not always come to a physician's mind when he or she is making a diagnosis. As is mentioned in this article on failure to diagnose, another issue is that some doctors will dismiss a patient's symptoms as being less serious than they actually are.

All of these factors can have dire consequences for the victims. They could face life-changing injury or even death as a result of their mistreatment. If this happens to you or a loved one, you might want to involve an attorney. He or she can advise you on your options and may be able to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

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