Medical malpractice is a specific category of
personal injury. These cases should only be handled by an experienced personal injury
attorney. The number of medical malpractice claims brought in Orlando
and across the country every year should not be surprising; with thousands
of patients being seen and treated by doctors every day, medical mistakes
are unfortunately going to occur.
A large percentage of this type of personal injury cases occur when a medical
professional misdiagnoses a patient’s health condition, either by
diagnosing him or her with something else or failing to address the actual
medical issue altogether.
Misdiagnoses Top the Number of Malpractice Filings
Granted it can be difficult to pinpoint many diseases (there are plenty
of symptoms that derive from entirely unrelated health problems), it is
your doctor’s responsibility to follow a reasonably thorough diagnostic
procedure in order to make the appropriate determination. For example,
if a woman is complaining of breast pain, one of the first things the
physician should do is schedule a mammogram.
By failing to administer this simple test, the physician is arguably breaching
their duty to provide reasonable care. In a comprehensive study that analyzed
data from more than 7,000 journals featuring
medical malpractice articles, it was found that upwards of 63 percent of all claims were misdiagnoses.
Most of these were brought against primary care physicians, which is understandable
given this is nearly every patient’s first point of contact when
seeking medical attention.
The Importance of a Proper Diagnosis
Perhaps more disturbing is another figure the study found; of the consequences
resulting from these misdiagnoses, patient death was the most common.
By some accounts, almost half of these deaths could have been prevented
had the physician taken the correct measures. Of the health conditions
that were missed by these doctors, cancer ranked highest for both adults
The severity of a misdiagnosis cannot be overstated. Many negative side
effects occur when patients are treated for incorrect health conditions.
They are prescribed medications they do not need and thus are deprived
of the benefit of the medication. The chances of surviving cancer and
other life-threatening illnesses diminishes rapidly the longer these diseases
progress, so time truly is of the essence.
If you believe you have been misdiagnosed or know someone who has,
contact me for help. Remember, not just any medical malpractice lawyer can ensure you receive
compensation for the physician’s negligence.