Medical misdiagnosis can severely harm patients and may even result in a preventable death. For that reason, it is essential that victims of medical malpractice, and their loved ones, are familiar with the dangers of misdiagnosis and legal protections available to them with they have been misdiagnosed.
12 million victims annually
Each year in the United States, 12 million victims are impacted by medical diagnostic errors. Researchers estimate that approximately half of these misdiagnosis errors are potentially harmful. It is also estimated that between 40,000 and 80,000 victims die each year because of complications related to the misdiagnosis they received. It is important to work to prevent medical diagnostic errors and medical misdiagnosis but it is also important for victims to know how to protect themselves.
Medical malpractice can include a variety of different types of medical errors. Medical malpractice can include, but is not limited to, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis and erroneous diagnosis or treatment.
A medical malpractice claim for damages can help hold the medical care provider, including doctors, other medical care professionals, hospitals and other types of medical facilities, accountable for misdiagnoses and other types of medical malpractice victims may suffer while in their claim. A claim for damages may help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages and legal help may also be available for their families.
Having their trust betrayed when they are at their most vulnerable can be difficult on its own for victims of medical malpractice. Because of that, they should be familiar with the legal resources and remedies available to help them when they have suffered a misdiagnosis that harmed them.