When You Receive a Wrong Medical Diagnosis for Osteoporosis in Ohio January 6, 2012.
A medical professional can miss some diseases and conditions if there are no symptoms or only mild symptoms in the early stages. Unfortunately, this could lead to a patient receiving a wrong medical diagnosis and suffering declining health as a result. If this has happened to you, you should consider speaking with a Cleveland, Ohio attorney to discuss your legal options.
Wrong Diagnosis: A Close Look at Osteoporosis
Consider osteoporosis, for example. Although there are no symptoms in the early stages, later on a patient may experience:
- painful or tender bones;
- fractures caused by little or no trauma;
- gradual loss of height;
- low back pain;
- neck pain; and
- stooped posture.
When osteoporosis isn’t detected and treated, a patient could suffer:
- spinal compression fractures;
- severe disability related to weakened bones;
- wrist and hip fractures; and
There are special tests that healthcare providers should perform routinely to detect osteoporosis. However, when tests are performed inaccurately or when results are misinterpreted, a patient can receive a wrong medical diagnosis.
In the event that this happens, you should meet with a Cleveland, Ohio, attorney who handles cases involving malpractice. Ohio medical professionals owe you a duty of care and, when they commit negligence, you can hold them liable.
Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim for a Missed Diagnosis?
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