Of all types of medical malpractice claims, diagnostic errors lead to the largest number of medical malpractice claims and are the most frequent cause of death, permanent injury, and major and minor injury.
Failure to diagnose is often linked to medical negligence. Medical negligence causes thousands of deaths every year, in fact medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the US (Journal of the American Medical Association).
Frequently asked questions:
My doctor failed to diagnose my condition; can I pursue a medical negligence claim?
If your health care provider fails to provide a basic “standard of care,” (standard of care is essentially a medical standard to which health care professionals are expected to apply in each patient interaction) he/she very well may be considered negligent. If that negligence results in injury, a worsened or preventable medical condition, or other damages, you very well may be entitled to compensation.
What should I expect if I chose to pursue a medical negligence claim?
Because medical negligence cases are often very challenging attorneys are typically very selective about the cases they’ll accept. Doing so saves the victims time and energy, instead of pursing a case that has little chance of success, the victims are able to focus their energy elsewhere. Cases that are accepted typically require an intensive investigation. The time in which it takes to actually receive compensation varies based on the specifics of the case.
How long do I have to decide if I want to file a claim?
Every state differs but most states do have a statue of limitations. If you suspect your health care provider failed to diagnose a condition that resulted in physical damages contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.
*Sources: The international Journal of Healthcare Improvement, The Journal of the American Medical Association