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Handling the news that you have been misdiagnosed

On Behalf of | May 6, 2019 | Medical Malpractice

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 Taylor & Tucker, LLC Attorneys at Law, we have helped many patients in Georgia through complicated situations involving misdiagnoses. 

Processing the shocking news that you have cancer is going to require time and will probably leave you fumbling through your emotions as you struggle to make sense of what is happening. To turn around and hear that the original diagnosis was, in fact, incorrect, could leave you reeling. Mixed emotions where you are feeling gratitude that your situation is not as dire, but also upset that you had to face such serious emotional trauma for a seemingly pointless meaning can leave you feeling exhausted and confused. 

According to WebMD, the first thing you should do immediately after receiving the word that you have been misdiagnosed is to get a second opinion. Verify that the information you have been given is indeed what is happening. Be forthright in discussing your medical history and the symptoms you are currently experiencing. Keep your own, detailed records that discuss every consultation you have had and every procedure or treatment that you have completed. 

When you have some guidance on what should be done when you find out that you have been misdiagnosed, you can be better able to respond in a manner that will help you find a solution. For more information about medical malpractice, visit our web page.  

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