Diagnostic Error Results in $12.25M Jury Award

Diagnostic Error Results in $12.25M Jury Award

Missed diagnoses, delayed diagnoses and improper diagnoses are some of the leading causes of medical mistakes. The first step in receiving getting the care you need is obtaining the right diagnosis and getting on the right path to wellness. However, when a delay occurs, or the wrong diagnosis is made, the potential for the best and quickest recovery diminishes. A potentially worse outcome occurs when the wrong diagnosis is made and you are treated for a condition you don’t have.

In a recent medical malpractice case, a jury awarded a man $12.25 million after a pathologist mixed up cancer slides; He was told he had prostate cancer and underwent surgery for the disease. However, the slides belonged to another patient. The surgery led to incontinence and impotence.

The jury determined that the pathologist was at fault for this preventable medical error.

Unfortunately, communication errors in the hospital setting can have dire consequences. While safety advocates search for ways to eliminate these costly mistakes, they still rank as a leading cause of medical malpractice.

For more information or if you or a loved one have been harmed due to a preventable medical error, please contact the dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson LLP for an immediate consultation.


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