You never expect that you or a loved one will be harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional. However, there are various ways that a doctor, nurse, or any other licensed healthcare professional can make a mistake. At the Weitz Firm, our skilled and dedicated medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia want to discuss what you can do if you are misdiagnosed by a doctor. Our goal is to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
It may come as a surprise to many people that medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in this country. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US, killing as many as 250,000 people a year. Those same researchers have said that diagnostic errors cause more patient harm than any other medical mistake and account for the largest portion of all medical malpractice claims in this country.
“This is more evidence that diagnostic errors could easily be the biggest patient safety and medical malpractice problem in the United States,” said David E. Newman-Toker M.D., Ph.D. He is an associate professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Their research shows that diagnostic mistakes lead to permanent injury or death in as many as 80,000 to 160,000 people each year. There are various ways in which a misdiagnosis can cause harm to patients. This can include:
There are various factors that contribute to a misdiagnosis, including:
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the misdiagnosis or other negligent action of a medical professional, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Weitz Firm, we are dedicated to helping victims of medical mistakes obtain the compensation they need. This can include: