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A study of clinical negligence claims in the U.S. over a 25-year period found misdiagnoses, or diagnostic errors, to be “the most common, most costly and most dangerous of medical mistakes.” The problem is that a missed or delayed diagnosis prevents a patient from getting medical treatment when it is needed in order to prevent the condition from worsening.
If you suspect that you or a loved has been harmed due to a misdiagnosis in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, you should have your case investigated without delay by an attorney. Medical records should be thoroughly reviewed, and the treatment should be analyzed by qualified medical experts.
To receive a free and confidential consultation, contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. today. We can aggressively seek the answers and the compensation you deserve.
Many people who are the victims of a misdiagnosis are not certain, at first, whether their doctor did something wrong. Yet, the reality is that physicians make many different kinds of diagnostic errors that can give rise to a malpractice claim.
Botched Lab Tests: Medical labs process hundreds of samples every day. Labs can make errors including:
When errors occur, you may be diagnosed with a medical condition you don’t have or your own health problems might not be identified. The facility that performed the testing can be held accountable for unreasonable mistakes.
Misread Test Results: According to Partners HealthCare Systems, primary care doctors review an average of 40 radiological reports, 12 pathology reports, 460 hematology reports and 360 chemistry test results every week.
Both primary care doctors and specialists also review many other types of diagnostic tests and can make mistakes that include misreading:
Failure to correctly read test results can result in the misdiagnosis of serious conditions such as cancer, heart attack and blood clots.
Failure to Order or Follow Up On Testing: After a survey of 300 doctors and 22 hospitals, the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality reported that 44 percent of diagnostic errors occurred because of a failure to order, read or follow up on test results. Mistakes included:
Lost lab results have serious consequences. For instance, out of the 582 errors that the Agency for Healthcare Quality identified, 28 percent resulted in death, permanent disability or a near-death medical event.
Misidentified Symptoms: Medical conditions have recognizable symptoms that doctors should recognize and respond to promptly. For example, a patient complaining of a persistent cough and coughing up blood should be tested for lung cancer.
If a physician fails to recognize symptoms and fails to either refer you to a specialist or order appropriate follow-up testing and treatment, this could result in serious harm.
A study published in the medical journal, BMJ Quality & Safety, found diagnostic errors to be the leading cause of medical malpractice claims involving death and disability. Another study found that diagnostic errors could impact as many as 12 million people in our country, or one out of every 20 adults.
Johns Hopkins researchers have identified the following to be the most commonly missed diagnoses:
Doctors may also miss or delay diagnosing the following conditions
Why Do Missed or Delayed Diagnoses Occur?
Obtaining your medical records is important if you suspect you have a medical malpractice claim based on misdiagnosis. An attorney can review your medical records and consult with experts who can identify what went wrong.
Some of the common things to look for in medical records indicating a doctor made an unacceptable error include:
While many different mistakes can lead to misdiagnosis, these are some of the most common red flags that suggest you may have a claim against your physician or care provider.
Contact a Misdiagnosis Lawyer Serving Chicago and Illinois
Illinois law allows you to make a personal injury claim for a missed or delayed diagnosis if:
In any situation where the physician’s actions caused harm, you should be compensated in full for both economic and non-economic losses that resulted.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our attorneys handle misdiagnosis medical malpractice claims throughout Chicago and Illinois. We are here to help with your case. Give us a call or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.
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