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How does misdiagnosis occur?

Patients in Maryland are fortunate enough that many of the medical professionals they come into contact with are hard-working and good at their jobs and such is the case throughout the United States. However, this is not true of everyone in the medical profession. Whether a doctor or nurse is usually negligent or is simply having a bad day, a mistake can have serious repercussions for the patient concerned.

In some cases, patients go undiagnosed altogether, while others are given treatment for conditions they do not have. This in turn can lead to an exacerbated condition and greatly diminished quality of life. But how and why does this happen? Sometimes it can be a simple case of not taking a patient seriously enough.

One problem facing many doctors is that conditions that are vastly different in nature can present with very similar symptoms. As this article on failed diagnosis explains, it then falls to the doctor to recognize this and carry out any necessary tests to determine which condition applies. However, sometimes a condition may not even be suggested because telltale symptoms have been dismissed by a doctor as temporary, irrelevant or simply minor and not worth treating.

If you are faced with a worsened condition as the result of a doctor's failure to diagnose you, an attorney may be able to help. He or she can advise you about the options available to you and may be able to assist you if you decide to pursue the matter in court or seek compensation from those responsible.

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Michael H. Bereston, Inc.
138 Main Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 2990
Annapolis, MD 21401

Maryland: 410-793-4554
Toll Free: 866-517-4037
Baltimore/Annapolis: 410-269-5011
DC: 202-628-2226
Fax: 410-269-5022

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