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Are All Medical Tests Helpful?

Steve Wagner

NBC News recently highlighted an increasing problem in our medical system: that of over-testing. For many, over-testing is done when worrisome spots or masses appear on scans, and then further testing is performed to analyze these spots.

The majority of excessive tests, however, are completely useless, and some are even extremely dangerous. The news story covers incidents where procedures were done and patients actually died as a result of the unnecessary tests. The test results all came back to show that the “spots” or “tumors” were benign, and had those tests not been performed, the patients would still be alive today.

It can be a scary balance between being cautious, taking care of ourselves, and abusing the tools we have at our disposal through our medical system. Many doctors agree that sometimes “not knowing” is better.

On the opposite case, sometimes things are looked over, and tests that should have been performed are ignored completely, causing people their lives, or at least their livelihood. Medical malpractice, in any of these cases, is very real and dangerous. Medical errors take well over 100,000 lives each year, and by some estimates, that number is much, much larger.

If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, don’t wait any longer to seek out justice for you and your loved ones. The lawyers at Wagner Reese are here for you today. Give us a call and let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve!


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