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A report from ABC 7 details what may be lifesaving advice from two doctors who have written a book to help patients avoid misdiagnoses. The advice is simple: Patients must take care to describe symptoms in detail in order to engage doctors, especially in an emergency room setting.

The book, titled “When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses,” was written by ER physicians Leana Wen and Joshua Kosowsky to help improve communication between doctors and patients. According to Wen and Kosowsky, it’s critical for patients to grab a doctor’s attention within the first 10 seconds; a helpful strategy is to rehearse a “high-impact story” beforehand.

Working to engage the doctor by providing adequate descriptive details may help prevent unnecessary medical testing and potentially fatal misdiagnoses.

If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of a medical misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Hodes Milman Liebeck at 866-730-1976 or online at hmlm.com today.