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Medical malpractice claims related to misdiagnosis

In California and across the United States, medical malpractice can result in permanent disabilities or even death. Many medical malpractice cases are caused by errors, especially misdiagnoses. Physicians often make mistakes when diagnosing significant illnesses. A recently published study conducted by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine sheds some light on the issue. The report involved at least 50 organizations related to health care. An evaluation showed that misdiagnosis caused many patients to spend a lot of money on unnecessary medical bills.

According to the study, more than 33% of misdiagnosed patients develop life-long disabilities. Lung cancer, sepsis infection and stroke are the conditions most effected by misdiagnoses. During the 10-year study, patients received $1.8 billion related to medical malpractice lawsuits involving "the Big Three" conditions, which are infections, cancer and vascular events. Health care advocates say that doctors need to improve their abilities to diagnose medical conditions with more accuracy.

Doctors are prone to misdiagnosing "the Big Three" conditions for many reasons. Mistakes are often the result of issues related to hospitals and emergency room settings. One often-cited area of improvement involves better communication between doctors and patients. Knowledge of the proper tests to order, along with medicines to prescribe, may increase the odds of diagnosing illnesses correctly.

People whose lives have been turned upside down because of medical errors may want to consult with a medical malpractice lawyer. A personal injury attorney trained to know the intricacies involved in a malpractice claim may study the details of a client's case by taking proper legal steps. Regardless of whether the error was caused by a surgical mishap or obvious misdiagnosis, filing a case promptly is an important step toward obtaining a settlement.

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