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Medical misdiagnosis: a common occurrence

Physicians are widely known as experts who give straightforward and honest medical guidance to those in their care. Yet when a patient realizes they have been misdiagnosed with a serious illness, that trust can completely dissipate. Misdiagnoses of conditions are more common than one might assume. Washington law protects patients who have experienced physical and mental damage as a result of such medical errors.

Understanding brain aneurysms

Many people in Washington may have heard references to brain aneurysms but may not really be familiar with what they are or how they might notice the symptoms of one. People who have brain aneurysms commonly are unaware of them because they can be free of symptoms until the problem becomes serious. 

The details of misdiagnosis

With the devastating effects cancer can have on the body, a proper and timely diagnosis can make the difference between life or death. Washington, as well as the rest of the United States, does not hold all doctors accountable for misdiagnosis. In order to prove a diagnosis error, patients must prove that the doctor was negligent when he or she should have detected the illness, or show that the doctor properly diagnosed the illness but failed to provide adequate care.

When a diagnosis is a misdiagnosis

In Washington, patients are diagnosed with medical ailments on a daily basis. Timely diagnosis of a serious and life-changing medical condition is imperative to taking steps towards proper treatment or even a cure if available. Yet, some patients are misdiagnosed and possibly at a greater frequency than many realize.

Getting a second medical opinion

Even Washington residents who have had good relationships with their doctors over a period of years might find themselves in situations when they feel a second opinion could be useful. Knowing when to seek a second medical opinion as well as how to seek a second opinion is an important way of protecting oneself and advocating for one's own health.

Detailing the potential for a stroke misdiagnosis

Many in Seattle may have a good understanding of the pressure that doctors are under to properly diagnose their patients. That pressure may be even greater in the emergency department, where the potentially grave situations physicians encounter force them to make split-second decisions. Still, it is expected that ED doctors exercise all due diligence in examining patients and interpreting their symptoms and results carefully in order to arrive at the right diagnosis.

Heart attacks in women may be missed

With the prevalence of heart disease in America today, it is important for people in Washington to have a good understanding of some of the signs of a potential heart attack. It is also very important for people to know that the symptoms of a heart attack often vary quite a bit between men and women.

Soccer team and staff sued for not noticing player’s concussion

Athletes in Seattle may ultimately be more susceptible to injuries due to the physical nature of what they do. Fortunately, the organizations that they play for (particularly at the collegiate and professional levels) typically employ doctors and other healthcare professionals to evaluate injuries sustained during competition. The hope is that potentially major injuries can be spotted quickly before an athlete can return to action and risk hurting him or herself even further. However, if standard in-game evaluations are never conducted, and the players affected sustain further injuries, one could reasonably make a case for negligence against both the team doctors as well as the organizations involved.

Common symptoms of brain aneurysms

While it’s reasonable to put one’s trust in Seattle health care workers, every day errors and oversights are made that can greatly imperil the health and well-being of patients. This is particularly true when it comes to brain aneurysms, as the symptoms associated with this disorder can mimic that of many other conditions. Accordingly, knowing the common signs of a brain aneurysm is essential to getting the proper treatment in a timely manner.