Why Are Diagnostic Mistakes So Much Worse?

Why Are Diagnostic Mistakes So Much Worse?

When you go to see a healthcare professional, you expect to be treated with a high standard of medical care. The last thing you expect is to be misdiagnosed by a person who is highly trained in their field of medicine.

How many medical professionals do you see a year? Consider these:

  • Primary care physician
  • ER doctors and nurses
  • Optometrist
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist

That is only the beginning of the list. Think about how many people work at these places that have a part in your care. What happens if one of them makes a mistake? If you need a Philadelphia failure to diagnose attorney, you can count on The Weitz Firm, LLC to be by your side, working to secure the compensation you deserve.

What Are The Problems?

A recent Modern Healthcare article tells us that “Errors related to diagnosis were the largest source of medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017.”

  • 33% of malpractice claims had to do with errors made while diagnosing patients
  • Half of the claims involved poor clinical decisions

A malpractice services provider reviewed more than 10,000 claims over the study period years. 36% of the cases involved a death. That means that 64% of the cases involved survivors who were left to suffer the consequences of the mistakes.

What kinds of errors were made?

  • 33% occurred because a doctor did not appropriately evaluate a patient
  • 52% involved errors in lab tests

The article points out that the number of errors increases when doctors are overloaded with work. This is often a situation that healthcare professionals face in busy emergency departments.

What Are The Results?

A delayed or missed diagnosis can lead to serious problems for a patient. In an emergency situation, a missed diagnosis can cause a fatality. If a doctor or nurse misses the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or respiratory failure, any delay in treatment can lead to disability or death.

For chronic conditions and cancer, delayed diagnosis can mean that patients must undergo more rigorous treatment when the illness is finally discovered. In some cases, it may be too late for any treatment to be successful.

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in this country, killing an estimated 250,000 – 440,000 people a year. Diagnostic errors are a significant part of these mistakes and need to be reduced.

Moving Forward From Here

If you or a loved one have been misdiagnosed or were not properly diagnosed for an illness that you had, please seek legal assistance. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, our qualified and experienced team is ready to step in and help you get the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Coverage of your medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of income if you can no longer work
  • Punitive damages

When you need a failure to diagnose attorney in Philadelphia, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240. We know that some mistakes cannot be fixed, but proper compensation can help bring closure and cover your expenses.



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