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Medical malpractice: The potential danger of a misdiagnosis

When it comes to a serious medical condition, a swift and proper diagnosis may be essential to providing the necessary care to a patient. Individuals in Tennessee who visit a hospital for treatment generally expect doctors to be capable of issuing a correct diagnosis, as failing to do so could bring about disastrous consequences. Recent studies suggest that errors during the diagnosis of a patient are one of the leading causes of medical malpractice claims.

According to these studies, around 33 percent of recent medical malpractice lawsuits centered around diagnostic errors. This is nearly the same percentage as both surgical errors and negligent treatment combined. While studies suggest that the amount of claims associated with other medical concerns has declined over the years, those pertaining to a failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis remain a major concern.

The study suggests that the issues with errors in diagnosis may lie in the heavy workloads that many doctors take on. Experts also assert that receiving a second opinion could help a person avoid the potential harm of a misdiagnosis. Having more than one doctor review a condition could help ensure that the correct diagnosis is obtained, which is vital to administering the proper treatment and safeguarding the well-being of a patient.

There are a variety of circumstances in which a person may suffer serious injury due to medical negligence. Those who experience such harm may wish to pursue financial restitution, and they could choose to speak with an attorney for guidance in navigating the civil justice system. An attorney can evaluate the incident thoroughly and assist a client in Tennessee in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a medical malpractice claim.

Source: modernhealthcare.com, "Diagnostic errors are largest contributor to medical malpractice claims", Maria Castellucci, Accessed on March 27, 2018

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