When a doctor fails to give a patient the care and consideration they deserve, they can overlook symptoms of dangerous, and even deadly diseases. Misdiagnoses lead to suffering and narrow the treatment window for serious diseases. When a person is a victim of misdiagnosis due to negligence or prejudice, they can file a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for their suffering. Nine misdiagnoses are known to lead to serious harm: 

1. Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia remains one of the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases out there. It’s commonly misdiagnosed as arthritis, due to how similar the two conditions can seem on the surface. However, doctors tend to overlook chronic pain, which can be a huge signifier that a person has developed fibromyalgia. Those who are misdiagnosed can seek damages via a medical malpractice suit to help with their medical bills and suffering. 

2. Lyme Disease

Unfortunately, Lyme disease is becoming more and more common in the United States. The bacterial infection is often transferred to humans via deer tick bites, and causes serious inflammation throughout the body, especially in the liver. The symptoms can mimic flu in most cases, which leads to doctors misdiagnosing patients when they do not consider all of the diagnosis options available to them. 

3. Cancer

Cancer is perhaps the most misdiagnosed disease in the US. Cancer misdiagnoses are tragic because they cause the patient to miss out on valuable treatment time. The sooner cancer is diagnosed, the better, after all. Due to how devastating these misdiagnoses are, they are known to lead to some of the most high-profile medical malpractice lawsuits

4. Stroke

A stroke can seriously affect a person’s ability to function, especially if the damage it causes is not properly treated. Similar to cancer, strokes need to be handled as soon as humanly possible. Because strokes can seem like migraines, alcohol withdrawal, or vertigo, it is commonly misdiagnosed by doctors. Strokes are typically signified by dizziness, weakness, severe headaches, trouble speaking, blurred vision, and even paralysis. 

5. Sepsis

When a serious infection is not treated, it can lead to sepsis and put a patient in extreme danger. Untreated infections cause the patient to suffer serious pain and can lead to other medical conditions arising as well. Due to this, doctors need to be extra careful to pinpoint any infections they see, and treat them aggressively. When they fail to do so, they can be sued for medical malpractice. 

6. Heart Attack 

Heart attacks are incredibly painful in most cases, but there are also mostly pain-free heart attacks. Both are extremely dangerous, however, especially when they are misdiagnosed as heartburn or chest pain. When a doctor fails to take a potential heart attack seriously, they are failing to handle and treat the aftermath the heart attack has on the patient’s body. This lack of care can lead to further heart attacks and other serious health complications.  

7. Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that’s incredibly devastating for those suffering from it. It causes intense balance issues, frequent bouts of pain, movement issues, and nerve troubles. If a doctor sees these symptoms and fails to do the testing needed to determine whether a patient has multiple sclerosis, they are acting in a negligent and unethical manner

8. Lupus

Lupus is one of the more common inflammatory diseases that can seriously affect a patient’s health if left untreated. The disease causes issues with the heart, kidneys, joints, and nerves. Because it can have similar symptoms to chronic fatigue syndrome and arthritis, it is commonly misdiagnosed by medical professionals. These misdiagnoses leave patients suffering the harsh symptoms of the disease without proper treatment and pain management. 

9. Parkinson’s Disease 

Parkinson’s disease creates havoc in a person’s central nervous system. While there is no cure for the disease, there are treatment options. The sooner the disease is spotted, the more effectively it can be treated. That being said, many doctors fail to recognize the symptoms of the disease or misdiagnose it as Alzheimer’s. When this happens, people have the option to file a medical malpractice claim against their doctor. 

You Deserve Compassionate Medical Care

As a human being, you deserve the best medical care available. Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, after all,  so they are meant to give their full effort when diagnosing every single patient. For victims of misdiagnoses, seeking help from a medical malpractice lawyer is often their first step in seeking the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve.