4 Misdiagnoses Myths Debunked

October 31, 2015

Believing these myths about misdiagnoses can cost you your rights and your health, a Portland medical malpractice lawyer explains. Here’s why.

Believing these myths about misdiagnoses can cost you your rights and your health, a Portland medical malpractice lawyer explains. Here’s why.

Treatment from medical professionals typically starts with the diagnostic process, which can involve blood tests, imaging tests, biopsies and/or other assessments.

While making the right diagnosis can be tricky and can take some time, especially when people may be suffering from multiple conditions, tragically, doctors (and others) don’t always perform the right testing, read the results of these tests properly, etc. And this can end up leading to mistakes and misdiagnoses.

To clarify how often misdiagnoses happen, as well as what the impacts of wrong diagnoses can be, below we have dispelled some common myths about misdiagnoses.

The Facts about Misdiagnoses: What You Should Know

Myth 1: Misdiagnoses don’t happen that often.

Fact: Wrong! Misdiagnoses actually happen way more often than you may realize, as research has found that at least 1 in every 20 people in the U.S. receives a wrong diagnosis at some point in his or her lifetime. In fact, some believe that misdiagnoses may be far more prevalent due to the likelihood that a number of misdiagnoses go unrecognized or unreported by patients and/or medical professionals.

Myth 2: Misdiagnoses don’t really harm patients because they can still get the right treatments later after a proper diagnosis.

Fact: This is not necessarily true. If someone with a serious, potentially life-threatening condition (like, for instance, cancer) is misdiagnosed, delays in receiving the proper diagnosis and, in turn, the appropriate treatment can end up resulting in:

  • The condition progressing to far worse stages
  • Standard treatments becoming minimally effective
  • Limited treatment options.

Myth 3: Even if I was misdiagnosed, there is no way to prove it.

Fact: Wrong again! If you have been misdiagnosed, there may be a number of ways to prove that medical negligence was involved in that improper diagnosis. For instance, any combination of the following may be effective at establishing that you were misdiagnosed as a result of some form of negligence:

  • Diagnostic test results
  • Doctor’s reports
  • Witness statements
  • Opinions from other medical professionals (and possibly even other experts, depending on the specifics of the case).

Myth 4: My misdiagnosis happened a long time ago, so I don’t have a case.

Fact: Again, this may not necessarily be true, as:

  • There is a two year-statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in the state of Oregon.
  • This window of time starts on the day when the injuries were discovered.

So, if the misdiagnosis happened “a long time ago,” but you didn’t discover you were misdiagnosed until sometime within the past two years, you likely still have the opportunity to pursue justice and financial recovery – and hold the negligent medical professional(s) accountable – by filing a malpractice case.

Contact a Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer at the Savage Law Firm

Have you or a loved one been harmed by any form of medical negligence? If so, you can rely on a Portland medical malpractice lawyer at the Savage Law Firm for experienced help and aggressive legal advocacy.

To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page. We represent clients in communities in both Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.

Categories: Diagnostic Errors, Malpractice