Is Misdiagnosis a Major Problem?

Is Misdiagnosis a Major Problem?

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.


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