How an Overdiagnosis Can Be Harmful to a Patient
July 19, 2017
While you may be familiar with the medical concept of a patient being under diagnosed by a doctor, what is making waves as of recently is the idea of a patient being overdiagnosed. In this case, a nursing home patient is correctly diagnosed for their disease or illness, but are receiving too much treatment for the stage of their sickness.
Too Much Medication
When you are over diagnosed by a doctor, the outcome can be life threatening. One of the most common occurrences of over diagnosis is overmedicating. While the right medication may be prescribed by your doctor, it might not be given to you in right dosage for the early stages of your illness. In actuality, you are being overprescribed, which can cause detrimental side effects to occur that could even be deadly.
Wrong Type Of Care
Overdiagnosis can also lead to the wrong treatment for a nursing home patient’s disease. You may be only in the early phases of your illness, but you may be treated for a more complex and advanced disease than yours has not yet progressed to. This can make your symptoms worse and create a cocktail of medication that your body doesn’t need. The overall effect doesn’t treat the illness you currently have with the right medication, treatment or care.
If an illness is overdiagnosed, they may be missing the real root of your problem. The overdiagnosis leads to treatment of an illness you don’t currently have. Plus, you don’t get the care you need for your current conditions and your symptoms may persist, worsen or create a deadly outcome that can be dangerous to you as a nursing home patient.
If you have been overdiagnosed, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. The nursing home abuse attorneys at The Law Office of Mark A. Smith know your legal rights and can help get you the justice you deserve. Call us today to setup a consultation to discuss your legal rights.