Medical Misdiagnosis More Common Than Previously Believed

Medical Misdiagnosis More Common Than Previously Believed

The first step in helping people who are sick or injured is making the proper diagnosis so that they can receive the treatment they need. When doctors or physicians fail to make the proper diagnosis – critical help is delayed. Even worse – a misdiagnosis may lead to the wrong course of treatment causing even further harm.

A new study has just been published which reports that the incidence of misdiagnoses is higher than what was widely believed. According to a study in the BMJ Quality and Safety roughly 12 million patients seeking medical treatment are misdiagnosed each year. Of the 12 million, roughly half of the improper diagnoses result in serious personal injury or even death. If you believe that you or a loved one were harmed as the result of a misdiagnoses, it is critical to consult with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice attorney right away. A dedicated California personal injury lawyer can begin an investigation into all of the facts and circumstances surrounding your matter.

The recent study focused on outpatient doctor visits rather as opposed to hospitals, whose high rate of preventable medical errors has received much attention. Unfortunately, the prevalence of errors was still alarming.

Although many different types of misdiagnoses can occur, they frequently arise where doctors fail to order the right diagnostic tests or fail to properly interpret such tests when they do order them.

If you believe that you sustained harm as the result of a misdiagnosis, it is critical that you receive the help you deserve. For more information, please contact the top San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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