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Doctors often miss what should be obvious

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2019 | Doctor Errors |

When the doctor checks you out and gives you a clean bill of health, do you just accept what they told you, regardless of how you feel? Many people do. We understand that doctors are experts and we are biased. When they say nothing is wrong, we tell ourselves that we have to trust them.

The unfortunate reality, though, is that doctors make mistakes. They miss things. They overlook what should be clear and obvious. You need to listen to your body and understand when something is wrong.

For example, one woman injured her knee. She went to see one of the top specialists for repairs. Four surgeries later, he could not fix her knee and he decided not to treat her anymore. As she put it, he said: “I don’t know what to do with you anymore.” She also had back pain, and he never asked for an MRI, giving her medication instead.

Naturally, she went on and found another doctor, and that doctor found out that she had a type of bone cancer called chondrosarcoma. The cancer had spread from her knee and was now in her spine — the source of that pain.

How did the first doctor miss it? One potential reason is that he didn’t think it would be there. The woman was in her 30s. Most people do not get chondrosarcoma until an average age of 51.

Regardless, this type of oversight makes a cancer diagnosis far more dangerous and puts you at risk. If a doctor made a mistake, you need to know what legal options you have.


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