Why are medical mistakes the third leading cause of death in the United States?

How is that possible in a country as advanced as ours?

When we go to a doctor, whether in a hospital setting, a “minute clinic,” or a regular doctor’s office, you expect a high quality of care. We want our doctors to perform the necessary tests and spend enough time with us to figure out what is going on.

The last thing we expect is for a doctor to completely miss a medical emergency or chronic condition that we may be experiencing. When that happens because of their negligence, you may need a failure to diagnose attorney in Philadelphia. You can count on the Weitz Firm to work for you, recovering the compensation you deserve.

What Happens

When we began researching for this article, we found that, according to Johns Hopkins researchers, diagnostic errors accounted for the largest fraction of medical malpractice claims. The authors of the study said, “This is more evidence that diagnostic errors could easily be the biggest patient safety and medical malpractice problem in the United States.

Diagnostic errors can be defined as a diagnosis that is completely missed, wrong, or delayed and is subsequently detected by a later definitive test. This can lead to a delay in treatment until a person is in worse condition.

The study found that more diagnostic errors happened in outpatient care as opposed to inpatient care, at 68.8 percent versus 31.2 percent but the same study found that inpatient errors tended to be more lethal.

Many of these diagnosis errors cause severe harm or death to patients. Others are more minor but lead to costly patient inconvenience and unnecessary suffering.

These errors often happen because doctors are overworked and busy. This can lead to them being rushed, particularly in emergency room settings. If that happens, they may fail to perform necessary tests as indicated by patient symptoms. Overworked doctors can also be fatigued, leading them to miss key indicators of a patient’s condition.

While we realize that doctors rarely intentionally cause their patient’s harm, even unintentional errors are rooted in carelessness and negligence and they need to be held accountable.

What Are Your Options?

We know this is a tough thing to go through. The last thing you expect when you go to a doctor is to find out you have a condition that should have been diagnosed long before it became serious. A failure to diagnose certain medical conditions can mean major complications or even death are the result. At the Weitz Firm, we believe that negligent doctors should be held accountable. No, we do not think that all medical problems are the result of a misdiagnosis, but there are some situations where a condition should have been caught by a doctor. When you need a medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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