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Misdiagnosis Is a Prominent Form of Medical Malpractice

Chicago misdiagnosis injury lawyerDespite the fact that the vast majority of Americans envision medical malpractice as surgical error or overt negligence on the part of medical staff, a large portion of medical malpractice injuries come in the form of misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis, can be incredibly problematic for those dealing with medical conditions. 

Both delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis can lead to a delay in proper treatment for the patient, with misdiagnosis presenting the possibility of no treatment at all. These forms of medical malpractice can lead to increased medical bills, loss of income due to missed work, worsening conditions, and even death. If you or a loved one have been harmed by a medical professional’s improper diagnosis of an illness, you should be sure to work with an attorney to determine your options for pursuing compensation. 

Medical Error and Misdiagnosis Nationwide

According to recent studies conducted by leading medical personnel at Johns Hopkins University, medical error and misdiagnosis represent the third largest cause of death in the United States. In 2013 alone, over 250,000 deaths occurred from medical errors such as misdiagnosis. Despite monumental technological advancements within modern medicine, medical error still plays a prominent role in the American medical industry. In all, medical error accounts for just under 10% of all fatalities nationwide. 

Avoiding Misdiagnosis

While most Americans would like to believe they can trust the opinions of qualified medical personnel, that is not always the case. Diagnosis errors have the potential to be debilitating and life-threatening to the patients harmed, and unfortunately, these types of errors are far too common in American medicine. On an annual basis, as many as 160,000 Americans can suffer permanent disabilities from misdiagnosis. 

In some cases, avoiding misdiagnosis is impossible, but there are a few simple tactics that can help ensure your family will avoid being impacted by misdiagnosis. Receiving a second medical opinion is the simplest and most effective way to avoid diagnosis error. Seeing a specialist instead of a general doctor can also help in receiving a more precise diagnosis. 

Contact an Experienced Lake County Medical Malpractice Attorney

Throughout the United States, hundreds of thousands of people are impacted by the negligence of medical staff each year. At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our team of dedicated attorneys have decades of experience helping those impacted by medical malpractice. If your family has suffered harm because of medical error, contact our knowledgeable team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys. For additional information, call us today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation. 

Sources:

http://healthland.time.com/2013/04/24/diagnostic-errors-are-more-common-and-harmful-for-patients/

https://yourdoctors.online/2016/05/10/misdiagnosis-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-u-s/

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