There is not much else as devastating as being told by your health care provider that cancer has been detected in your body. However, imagine hearing soon after that the crippling news you originally received was actually a misdiagnosis and your condition is not as severe as before. At Webb & Taylor, LLC Attorneys at Law, we have helped many patients in Georgia through complicated situations involving misdiagnoses.
Hospitals and medical clinics in Georgia are just as susceptible to medication errors are those throughout the rest of the country. A medication error occurs when a patient is given the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a medication by a medical professional. Because patients often rely on pharmacists, doctors and nurses to provide the correct medication, they may not know to watch for a problem.
Breast cancer is an all too common issue that women of every age in Georgia deal with. Regardless of family history, all women should undergo screening for breast cancer at some point in their lives. According to the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition, breast cancer affects more women than any other type of cancer with 1 million who have yet to be diagnosed and 2.3 million who have been. While a diagnosis can be devastating and life-changing, are there times when a medical professional may misdiagnose the condition? The simple answer is yes.
A serious injury or illness, among other causes, may lead you to seek medical treatment at a hospital in Georgia. When you go in, you likely expect your condition to improve, not that you might be made sicker. Unfortunately, however, you may contract other ailments, such as central line-associated bloodstream infections. If proper precautions are taken by health care providers, these types of infections may be preventable.
The survival rate for breast cancer is best when a health care specialist identifies the disease in its early stages and enacts treatment as soon as possible. That said, in standard imaging tests, breast cancer does not always look like cancer, and doctors cannot always tell cancerous lumps apart from normal breast tissues or benign cysts. For this reason, if a patient or doctor suspects the presence of breast cancer, the doctor should order as many tests as possible to either rule out the possibility of cancer or to confirm it. If you notice any abnormalities with your breast tissue, talk to your Georgia doctor about which diagnostic tests you need to undergo to receive an accurate diagnosis.
When people are faced with the news that their loved one is suffering from a debilitating and potentially life-threatening health condition, often their first instinct is to help relieve their pain and suffering in any way possible. For many families in Georgia, the way this type of support is offered may vary from providing financial assistance to donating blood or other types of medical assistance.