Did you know that diagnostic errors cause approximately 160,000 adverse patient events every year? Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis can cause serious injury and even death. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, diagnostic error accounts for 17% of preventable errors among hospitalized patients. That same study, based on patients hospitalized in New York in 1984, found that 3.7% of all patients had experienced an accidental injury. Of those patient injuries, 28% were caused by negligent care.
Researchers suggest that there are four main deviations from heuristics (rules of thumb) that can cause doctors and others in the healthcare industry to make diagnosis mistakes. Those four main categories include:
A doctor can still incorrectly diagnose a patient even when meeting the standard of care. In other words, a doctor isn’t negligent every time they fail to make the correct diagnosis. It is when a doctor’s conduct fails to meet the standard of care and the patient suffers harm as a result that a diagnostic error claim could be established. Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions include:
Generally, medical malpractice claims are established on these four principles:
These cases are extremely complex and best evaluated by an attorney experienced in this field. If you believe that a diagnostic error caused you or a loved one harm, we invite you to contact our firm today. When it comes to your health, a quick and accurate diagnosis is necessary to receive the treatment you need. If your condition went undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, please contact us today for a free consultation.
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