Every time a patient visits a doctor's office or hospital, they are putting themselves at risk for medical errors. Physicians, nurses, surgeons and other medical professionals are required by law to provide patients with an adequate level of care. However, it can be difficult for some professionals to maintain this level of care for every patient they treat.
A notable error often made by healthcare professionals is a diagnostic error, which is a mistake made when determining a patient's illness or disease. According to the American Medical Association, approximately 40 percent of all medical malpractice lawsuits involve this type of error, making it an alarmingly common medical mistake.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medical misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to pursue financial recourse by filing a lawsuit. Contact the experienced West Palm Beach misdiagnosis lawyers at Gordon & Doner today to explore your legal options.
Causes of Diagnostic Errors
When healthcare professionals make mistakes, they put patients at an increased risk for harm. A medical misdiagnosis can cause a patient to go without timely treatment for their illness, which can result in serious complications or even death.
According to a recent report conducted by the Archives of Internal Medicine, the majority of diagnostic errors result from discrepancies in disease identification software used by hospitals and doctors' offices across the nation. Because inadequate informational databases make it harder for physicians to reach a correct diagnosis, errors are likely to occur.
For this reason, some potentially life-threatening diseases are easily mistaken for other, less serious illnesses. Some commonly misdiagnosed diseases include:
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Heart disease
- Pulmonary embolisms
- Ovarian cancer
In addition to relying on inadequate information, physicians can also cause diagnostic errors through the following negligent actions:
- Failing to order necessary medical tests
- Failing to follow up with a patient after a medical test
- Failing to analyze blood work or tests properly
- Failing to read a medical test in a timely manner
- Failing to refer a patient to a specialist
- Delaying the diagnosis of cancer
- Failing to order a biopsy
- Losing or misplacing X-rays or tests
- Using faulty or improperly calibrated test instruments
The majority of diagnostic errors occur in outpatient care facilities, such as general practitioners' offices or rehabilitation clinics. In fact, a medical misdiagnosis is more than twice as likely to occur in an outpatient facility than an inpatient care facility, such as a hospital. However, hospital diagnostic errors are more likely to result in patient fatalities. For hospital patients who survive a misdiagnosis, serious neurological injuries often result, such as full body paralysis, quadriplegia and brain damage that warrants the need for lifelong care.
Every year, 80,000 patients are seriously harmed or lose their lives as a result of diagnoses that were delayed, wrong or missed entirely. If your loved one died because of a medical misdiagnosis, or if you were seriously injured due to a diagnostic error, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact Gordon & Doner today to speak with an experienced misdiagnosis lawyer about your legal rights and options.
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Contact a West Palm Beach Misdiagnosis Lawyer
Because diagnostic errors are an unfortunately common occurrence, you or a loved one may be the victim of a medical mistake made by your physician, surgeon or staff at your local hospital. However, it is important to know that you do not have to suffer needlessly, and the person responsible for your misdiagnosis can – and should – be held accountable for their negligent actions.
Over the years, the West Palm Beach misdiagnosis lawyers at Gordon & Doner have skillfully litigated numerous diagnostic error cases. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to hold at-fault individuals and corporations liable, while at the same time, ensuring you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a diagnosing error, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact the West Palm Beach misdiagnosis lawyers at Gordon & Doner today to schedule a legal consultation. After hearing the details of your case, our misdiagnosis lawyers will advise you on the best course of action.
To schedule a no obligation consultation with our misdiagnosis lawyers, call 1 (855) 722-2552.