5 Reasons to Suspect Wrongful Diagnosis and A Few Florida Medical Malpractice Statistics
A recent report on CNN.com emphasizes the need for patients to examine whether they have been misdiagnosed by a physician. The article offers five situations that might indicate that a wrongful diagnosis has taken place: 1. You fail to improve after treatment. 2. Your symptoms are different from what your diagnosis says they should be. 3. Your diagnosis is based purely on a lab test; labs make errors too. 4. Your physician says that you have a rare illness even though your symptoms are pretty common. 5. You are diagnosed for an ailment that normally requires a specific test, which you never received. In 2005, the Journal of American Medical Association reported that studies of autopsies revealed that doctors misdiagnose ailments 10 percent of the time. In 2006, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a report that said that simple physician-related errors caused nearly 60% of incidents where patients sustained injuries because of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Out of 307 medical malpractice claims, 30% of the patients died. Nearly 60% of the patients reported personal injury. 187 incidents were attributed to mistakes made during diagnosis. Wrong diagnosis, failure to diagnose, and delayed diagnosis are just some of the many kinds of medical malpractice errors that can occur. Doctors, nurses, surgeons, dentists, and other medical professionals are obligated to provide all patients with proper medical care, including proper and timely diagnosis. Failure to do so is considered medical malpractice and can be grounds for a claim or lawsuit from any injured parties. Here are a few Florida statistics regarding medical malpractice provided by WrongDiagnosis.com: • 13,498 (7.2%) medical malpractice payment reports were made against physicians in Florida 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS). • 353 (7.9%) medical malpractice payment reports were made against nurses in Florida 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS). • 5.0% of medical malpractice payment reports made against dentists were in Florida 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS). If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately. Has your illness been misdiagnosed?, CNN.com Medical Malpractice in Florida: Related Medical Malpractice Statistics, Wrong Diagnosis? Related Web Resources: Medical Malpractice, Insurance Information Institute Medical Malpractice/Litigation News, Medical News Today In South Florida, The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. represents medical malpractice injury victims and the families of individuals who have died because of error or negligence on the part of a medical care provider. Our law offices are conveniently located in Naples, Hollywood, and Miami Beach, Florida. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. for your free consultation.