The authors of Improving Diagnosis in Health Care say the problem is system-wide, with diagnostic errors – inaccurate or delayed diagnoses – persisting through all health care settings. The report cites one estimate that such errors affect at least 12 million adults each year, or about 5 percent of adults who seek outpatient care.
“It is likely that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences,” states the publisher’s website. “Diagnostic errors can lead to negative health outcomes, psychological distress, and financial costs. If a diagnostic error occurs, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment may be given to a patient or appropriate (and potentially lifesaving) treatment may be withheld or delayed.”
Medical mistakes are far more common than many people realize.
As this report vividly illustrates, there’s a strong likelihood that you or a family member will experience a costly medical error. When doctors, hospitals, and other health care facilities give you the wrong diagnosis – or a diagnosis that’s too late – it can cost you your life.
If you or a member of your family is the victim of a medical mistake, the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of Plevin & Gallucci will hold negligent health care providers accountable and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
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