Alzheimer's Diagnoses Fail to Reach Patients

misdiagnosisAlthough Alzheimer's is currently not preventable nor curable, doctors can diagnose it. Knowing that an individual has early onset Alzheimer's can help family members prepare a proper care plan. However, even though doctors are diagnosing this condition in patients, not all of them are revealing the diagnosis. The Alzheimer's Association released a new report that shows approximately half of the patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's are not told results by their doctor. Only 45% of patients are informed.

Doctors might misdiagnose conditions, but when they have correctly identified a health condition and choose not to notify the patient--how should medical staff be responsible for injuries that result? Individuals with Alzheimer's who do not have proper care might not remember to take critical medications or they might not remember the correct prescription amounts. Elderly individuals with dementia could wander away from home or a care facility and get hit by a car, freeze to death, or starve. 

Has your doctor neglected to inform you of a condition they know you have? Or did this happen to a loved one? Patients have a right to know their diagnosis. Understanding a condition can help the patient elect a proper course of treatment or care, or even a pursue a second or third medical opinion.

Medical ethics and patient rights sometimes intersect. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or losses as a result of a physician electing not to inform you of your diagnosis, you might be entitled to compensation. Our North Carolina medical malpractice attorneys will provide a free case review for you, which can help you understand exactly how the law applies to your unique circumstances. 

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