Top 5 Causes of Misdiagnoses and Diagnostic Errors (Pt. 1)
May 8, 2014
When doctors fail to diagnose patients, make the wrong diagnosis or make other diagnostic errors in the course of treatment, the consequences can be devastating and even possibly deadly. This is because conditions and illnesses can be allowed to progress and/or spread, making these conditions harder (if not impossible) to treat when a proper diagnosis is ultimately made.
In fact, as researchers have found:
- Rates of misdiagnoses have failed to decrease over the past few decades, despite advances in modern medicine.
- Diagnostic errors are the most common claims in malpractice lawsuits, with a reported $39 billion having been paid out to plaintiffs in these cases over the past 25 or so years.
The big question for many has become, what is causing such a persistently high rate of misdiagnoses?
Here and in a few additional parts of this blog, we will take a closer look at some of the most common causes misdiagnoses and diagnostic errors. People who believe that they may have been misdiagnosed or otherwise have been the victims of malpractice are encouraged to learn more about their rights by meeting with the attorneys at the Savage Law Firm
Misdiagnosis Cause 1: Fragmentation of Care
One of the growing trends in modern medicine is the continued fragmentation of healthcare. This means that, instead of going to one doctor for all of your healthcare needs, you more likely go to different specialists for various medical issues and treatment. In turn, this results in people have multiple points of medical care, with different medical professionals ordering different tests and reading these tests according to their specific perspectives.
As a result, no single medical professional generally has the whole picture of a person’s health, creating many opportunities for significant symptoms or test results be missed (or misread) and for diagnostic errors to occur.
Don’t miss the upcoming parts of this blog for our continued discussion regarding common causes of misdiagnoses.
Portland Malpractice Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Have you been misdiagnosed, and has this serious mistake had significant impacts on your health? If so, it’s time to contact the Portland malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm. For more than three decades, our lawyers have been devoted to providing each of our clients with personal attention, respect and the highest quality legal services.
We realize how physically, psychologically and financially devastating medical mistakes can be, and our lawyers are here to aggressively defend injured people’s rights to both justice and compensation.
At the Savage Law Firm, our commitment to meeting the highest professional standards of legal representation motivates us to consistently build our clients the strongest possible cases, be accessible to our clients at every stage of their case and do whatever it takes to help them obtain the best possible outcomes.
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