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Many malpractice cases stem from misdiagnosis

When you are unwell, you place your well-being in the hands of medical professionals in the hope that they will be able to assist you. The process of diagnosis can often be a complex one which requires great diligence and dedication from your doctor. Unfortunately, not all doctors offer their patients the care that they both need and deserve. This can often result in a failed diagnosis with potentially fatal repercussions.

If a condition goes undiagnosed, it may continue to worsen. This can result in permanent and life-changing injuries to the patient. Sadly, this is not uncommon and misdiagnosis has been shown to be the primary cause of significant payouts for claims related to medical malpractice.

According to research from Johns Hopkins Medical Center, payouts identified as catastrophic account for eight percent of all medical malpractice claims that ultimately get paid. A catastrophic payout is one that exceeds $1 million. According to the results of the study, the most common cause associated with these payouts is diagnostic error.

According to the authors of the study, the next step is to investigate the potential for targeted interventions. These would aim to improve the safety of patients as well as enhancing general diagnostic accuracy. In the meantime, however, many patients remain at risk. Furthermore, regardless of the potential for remuneration, the victims of such malpractice often have their lives irreversibly altered.

If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of a failed diagnosis, you too may decide to make a medical malpractice claim. An attorney can help you understand your options and guide you as you pursue compensation and justice for the harm done to you.

Source: Claims Journal, "Incorrect Diagnosis Main Cause of Catastrophic Med Mal Payouts," Aug 27, 2014

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