When you see a healthcare professional, you place an immense amount of
trust in their knowledge of the human body and how it works. But despite
their years of schooling and training in residency programs, doctors are
still human. In fact, the degree to which they make mistakes in their
diagnoses is much higher than most people like to imagine.
A study recently published by Mayo Clinic researchers found that 88% of
all cases saw the diagnoses change at least slightly when a second doctor
became involved. In this study of 286 patients, 66% were given a slightly
different diagnosis from their initial consultation while 22% received
an entirely different diagnosis from their initial evaluation. It’s
true that the majority of these cases were only a minor change and the
initial opinion was not far off, but it’s not surprising that the
fact that more than one in five cases saw a major change can be quite
discomforting to many people.
This is supported by a controversial Johns Hopkins University study which
named medical error as the third-leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals,
behind only cardiovascular disease and cancer. In total, the National
Academies of Medicine list diagnostic errors as the cause of 10% of all
patient deaths and 17% of all complications in hospital care.
The Impact on You
It’s perfectly okay to trust your doctor. After all, they’re
the expert who has studied medicine for years to be able to treat you.
However, it’s also not a bad idea to seek a second opinion if you
are faced with a moderate to serious medical issue. In her book “Think
Like a Doctor,” Lisa Sanders wrote “[Medicine] is teamwork.”
This is echoed by the number of patients who are greatly aided by a second
opinion helping them obtain a correct diagnosis and the optimal treatment
faster, which in turn, saves lives.
Obtaining the wrong treatment can be a huge mistake that can lead to a
major health issue, a long recovery, or even potentially permanent damage.
A second opinion can help you avoid one of these costly mistakes and allow
you to recover from your condition faster.
If you have been injured by a mistake at a hospital, such as a misdiagnosis
or receiving improper treatment, you may be able to hold your doctor or
the hospital responsible through a medical malpractice suit.
Christian & Davis LLC have stood up to protect the rights of those who are injured by medical
mistakes, and can help you obtain the compensation and treatment you deserve
to set your life back to normal. Since 1975, we have stood up for the
victims of medical malpractice and have strived to help each of them receive
the care and compensation they need.
Discuss your case with an attorney today! Call Christian & Davis LLC
today at 864-408-8890 to
schedule your initial consultation with our Greenville medical malpractice attorneys.