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Medical malpractice: The consequences of diagnostic errors

When it comes to treating a serious medical condition, a swift and proper diagnosis could prove vital. A misdiagnosis can prove harmful to the health of a patient in Tennessee in various ways, and a similar outcome is unfortunately all too common. According to recent studies, errors in diagnosis are a major concern in the field of radiology, and the related medical malpractice claims commonly result in serious or fatal harm to the health of a patient.

According to recent studies, nearly 80 percent of diagnostic errors that occur in radiology result in permanent injury or death. These errors can range anywhere from an incorrect or delayed diagnosis, or even from a failure to diagnose a condition. With major health concerns such as cancer, errors in diagnosis can lead to improper courses of treatment, or even lead to a lack of care that leaves one's condition to continue to deteriorate.

Experts suggest that measures must be taken to reduce the likelihood of errors. According to the studies, those who operate within the field of radiology could benefit from implementing checklists and using clear language to avoid issues with communication. Minimizing or eliminating diagnostic errors could be key to safeguarding the health of patients and providing them with the necessary care.

Having a major medical condition can be stressful and scary enough as is, and if medical professionals fail to provide a patient with a certain standard of treatment, the results can be catastrophic. Those who suffer permanent harm or lose a loved one due to negligence could choose to consult with an attorney for advice on how best to approach the situation. An attorney in Tennessee can review a client's situation and assist in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a medical malpractice claim.

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