From 2013 to 2017, errors related to diagnosis were the largest source of medical malpractice claims in the United States. One of the most important things a doctor does it evaluate a patient, make a diagnosis, and then begin treatment.
Unfortunately, there are many factors that go into why a misdiagnosis is made and many of them revolve around errors on the part of healthcare providers. A misdiagnosis can lead to delayed treatment or possibly a patient receiving no treatment at all. If you need a Philadelphia failure to diagnose attorney, contact The Weitz Firm, LLC today so we can get to work on securing the compensation you need.
Studies completed by malpractice services providers reviewed 10,18 cases of medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017. They found that:
The study points out that there are several times in the diagnostic process in which mistakes can be made:
When you walk into the emergency room, you usually find a busy environment. Many doctors and nurses are overworked, particularly in the emergency department setting where proper diagnosis can be the difference between life and death in a short period of time.
When a patient is misdiagnosed, a few things happen:
In the United States, medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death according to Johns Hopkins researchers. Estimates say that an average of 250,000 people dies each year due to medical mistakes, but some put that number closer to 440,000. Please note, that those are only the fatalities. Many millions more each year survive medical mistakes and are left dealing with the consequences (disabilities, pain and suffering, major medical bills).
It is absolutely vital that victims of misdiagnosis get to the bottom of what happened to them.
If you or a loved one have experienced medical complications due to being misdiagnosed, please seek legal assistance to explore your options. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate your case and work to form the best path forward. We want to ensure you are compensated for: