Medical misdiagnosis is an ongoing problem for Texas patients. It prevents them from getting the treatment that they need. In a worst-case scenario, it may even mean death. Many former NFL players may be getting misdiagnosed with a degenerative brain injury. This may keep them from receiving help for some of the problems in their daily lives that are treatable.
Nearly 3% of the retired NFL players who participated in the study were told by a doctor that they had a condition known as CTE. However, CTE is something that can only be confirmed through an autopsy after someone has died. Until that time, no conclusive diagnosis can be made. In the meantime, conditions such as sleep apnea, depression and diabetes present themselves similarly to CTE. The players may still be able to receive some sort of treatment for these conditions that can improve their quality of life. Instead, by being told that they are suffering from a condition with no known cure that will only get worse, players do not end up seeking treatment. As a result, they let themselves go and are more prone to giving up or suicide.
One notable example of this was retired NFL legend Junior Seau, who tragically committed suicide at the age of 43. Doctors need to focus on making the correct diagnosis and using all possible means to treat the patient.
Patients who have received an incorrect diagnosis from a physician may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit if it has caused them injury. Working with a medical malpractice lawyer, they could further investigate whether they have valid grounds for a case. The attorney may consult with medical experts and review the evidence to help determine if there is a likelihood that the physician committed legally actionable malpractice.