Getting a Parkinson’s diagnosis right

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

Although Parkinson’s disease is a common condition, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose and can even be confused with other diseases that have similar symptoms. It’s possible that about 25% of patients receive the wrong diagnosis after tests are performed. Some patients receive the wrong medications, resulting in conditions that might not have occurred if the correct diagnosis had been given.

There are a few different statistics that doctors can use to gauge whether patients could develop Parkinson’s in the future. If these statistics are skewed or a misdiagnosis still occurs, then a medical malpractice attorney might be consulted to discuss compensation for lost wages and for medical treatments that need to be performed to correct the issue.

Along with reviewing statistics pertaining to Parkinson’s, doctors can also utilize various machines to ensure that a correct diagnosis is made. X-rays and an MRI are often used to look at the bone structure of the patient as well as other details of the body that are often impacted by Parkinson’s. Doctors can also examine components of the blood to see if there are any infections or other issues present that could indicate Parkinson’s or another disease, so there should be a decrease in diagnosing the wrong condition.

In an example case, an elderly woman visits her doctor because she has had trouble holding objects in her hands and has had trouble maintaining her balance. Believing that these symptoms could be associated with a balance issue, the doctor performs tests and gives medication to treat this condition instead of looking to Parkinson’s as a possible disease. In a case like this, an attorney may assist the patient by filing a claim for medical malpractice, especially if the patient was injured or developed other conditions more severe than those that triggered going to the doctor.