Many West Virginia patients may be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease based on their symptoms. These symptoms typically include trembling, weakness, muscles that feel stiff and walking with an unsteady gait. Unfortunately, because the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease also mimic those of other illnesses and conditions, people may be misdiagnosed and receive the wrong treatment. Getting the correct diagnosis and beginning treatment as soon as possible gives patients the best prognosis.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are similar to many disorders, but mainly mimic two — essential tremors and drug-induced Parkinson’s disease. Essential tremors, which are also known as benign essential tremors or familial tremors, is a movement disorder that causes brief, uncontrollable shaking in the hands. Essential tremors may also be experienced in the neck, head, voice box and in the lower body. There is a treatment for the tremors, but it is different than Parkinson’s treatment, so it’s important the correct diagnosis is made.

Drug-induced Parkinson’s disease has almost identical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease but differs in that it is caused by taking certain drugs, such as mood stabilizers and anti-psychotic drugs. When drug-induced Parkinson’s is experienced, psychologists recommend slowly tapering off the drugs and trying new drugs. Because it’s important to treat Parkinson’s disease correctly, when symptoms arise, experts recommend seeking out a neurologist. A neurologist trained in brain/nervous system disorders can deliver the correct diagnosis.

Being misdiagnosed can delay the proper treatment and ultimately cause a worsened condition. Medical malpractice typically falls under personal injury claims. In order for a victim to be awarded a settlement, a lawyer must prove that the doctor was negligent.