How to Avoid Medical Malpractice in the Form of a Misdiagnosis July 23, 2012.

When we go to the doctor’s office, we usually trust that their expertise and experience are enough to provide a correct diagnosis. However, many patients may find themselves the victim of a misdiagnosis when under the care of a health professional. While not every instance of misdiagnosis is avoidable, there are things you can do to help protect yourself against a misdiagnosis and medical malpractice.

If your doctor gives you an unfavorable diagnosis you should:

  • do independent research about the condition or illness you have been diagnosed with;
  • ask the doctor how he came to the conclusion of your condition and if you can be tested again to make sure it is accurate; and
  • seek a second opinion from another trusted physician or specialist.

Many patients may be afraid or intimidated to question a doctor’s diagnosis, but doing so could mean the difference between life and death. Always remember that you do not have to accept point-blank what a doctor says to you. If you believe you have been misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly or unnecessarily, you may be eligible to file a claim of medical malpractice. Contact a Cleveland lawyer at Mellino Law Firm LLC at (440) 333-3800 for a free consultation to find out what your legal rights and options are.