When patients visit their doctors, they tend to believe that he or she
will be able to help them or at least shed some light on their condition.
For many, this doctor-patient relationship works and they are able to
lead healthier lives as a result. However, for many, their trip to the
doctor’s office only leads to more problems. Misdiagnosis is among
one of the most serious and common problems in the health industry, the
repercussions of which can harm a patient’s health, cost money,
or even lead to death.
The Scope of the Issue
According to Kaiser Health News, an estimated 10% to 20% of cases are misdiagnosed,
which is more than drug errors or wrong-site and wrong patient surgical
errors that tend to garner more attention. While misdiagnoses might not
sound life-threatening, the truth is that these errors have a considerably
significant fatality rate. One report revealed that 28% of 583 diagnostic
mistakes were either life-threatening or resulted in death or permanent
disability, while another estimated that fatal diagnostic errors in the
United States equal the number of breast cancer deaths every year.
These numbers might actually be quite modest since the vast majority of
errors do not result in legal action and go unreported, making it difficult
to collect data on the prevalence of misdiagnosis. One survey revealed
that 96% of physicians felt that diagnostic errors are preventable and
half stated that they encounter at least one every month. That said, many
doctors are still reluctant to report diagnostic errors, even anonymously,
despite the likelihood of harm to the patient.
If you were misdiagnosed and suffered injuries due to this error, you might
have a viable medical malpractice case. Do not let this mistake go unreported
or deal with the burden of facing medical expenses you would not have
otherwise had to manage. Seek skilled legal representation as soon as possible.
Delayed or Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Florida
Misdiagnosis of a medical condition can lead to severe injuries and could
even result in death. If you were injured because your doctor made an
error with your diagnosis, now is the time to consult with a skilled medical
malpractice attorney. At David C. Rash, P.A., we have secured millions
of dollars in settlements on behalf of our clients and would be honored
to do the same for you.
Contact our office today at
(954) 914-7116 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a knowledgeable member
of our Florida legal team.