Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates
Make An Appointment, Call Today
318-230-7016 | 800-660-5448
Open Main Navigation »

Health conditions doctors commonly misdiagnose

When you visit your Louisiana doctor, you likely want to feel confident that he or she will be able to assess your symptoms accurately and render a precise diagnosis about your condition. Regrettably, however, even physicians are not immune to error, and when doctors make certain mistakes, the repercussions can prove catastrophic. At Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates, we recognize just how devastating it can be when a doctor incorrectly diagnoses your condition, and we have helped many clients who were victims of such circumstances pursue appropriate recourse.

Per Fox News, medical diagnostic errors now account for about 10 percent of all American patient deaths, with about one out of every five adult Americans who seek treatment for symptoms receiving a diagnosis that is too late, missed or inaccurate. Because misdiagnoses can lead to unnecessary treatments and delays in critical treatments, it is important for anyone who believes they received an incorrect medical diagnosis to seek a second opinion.

Certain medical conditions are more commonly misdiagnosed than others. Heart attacks, for example, make the list, and African Americans are more likely to receive a misdiagnosis relating to a heart attack, because their symptoms are less likely to appear on angiogram tests. Breast, colorectal and lung cancers are also frequently misdiagnosed, and in many cases, this occurs because physicians fail to follow up abnormal test results with biopsies.

Nearly 10 percent of stroke victims also receive late diagnoses, and in some cases, this occurs because the symptoms stroke victims sometimes exhibit are not unlike those exhibited by migraine sufferers. Find more about medical malpractice on our web page.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Honors and Awards

2003-2015 "Best Lawyers in Shreveport / Bossier City"
by SB Magazine

2007 Chamber of Commerce
Minority Business Woman of the Year

Member
National Bar Association
American Bar Association
Trial Lawyers Association
Louisiana Bar Association

Visit our Office Locations:

Bossier City Office
401 Hamilton Road
Suite 110
Bossier City, LA 71111

Toll Free: 800-660-5448
Phone: 318-230-7016
Fax: 318-746-5998
Map & Directions

West Monroe Office
101 N. 2nd Street
West Monroe, LA 71291

Toll Free: 800-660-5448
Phone: 318-230-7016
Fax: 318-746-5998
Map & Directions

  • National Bar Association
  • ABA American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Serving the Public. Serving the Profession.
  • The National Trial Lawyers - The Association