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Helping patients recover for a delayed or improper diagnosis

Misdiagnosis accounts for a large majority of medical malpractice claims in Virginia and throughout the country.  When a physician’s error in diagnosis leads to improper treatment, delayed treatment or no treatment at all, patients are entitled to seek damages for any harm that results. At the W. Ware Morrison Law Group, we have the experience needed to pursue complex medical malpractice cases and work hard to win you full and fair compensation.

The statistics on misdiagnosis

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Misdiagnosis is more common than surgical errors or prescribing the wrong medication. In fact, research suggests that an estimated 10 to 20 percent of all medical cases are misdiagnosed. These errors also frequently cause patients significant harm. A 2009 study found that 28 percent of diagnostic mistakes were life threatening or resulted in death or permanent disability.

 

Cases of delayed, missed and incorrect diagnosis are also not limited to rare disorders. They can affect treatment for common conditions such as asthma, urinary tract infections and stroke. Cancer patients are one of the largest groups to be misdiagnosed. A study at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found more than 12 percent of U.S. cancer patients are initially misdiagnosed. In aggressive forms of the disease, misdiagnosis, improper staging and delays in

Diagnosis errors can take several forms

Diagnosis mistakes are so prevalent because they can take several forms. For example, misdiagnosis involves physician errors such as incorrectly identifying the cause of a medical problem, while a failure to diagnose involves failing to detect a problem exists at all. Common reasons for misdiagnosis include failing to:

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What should patients do if they suspect misdiagnosis?

  • Acknowledge a patient’s complaints

  • Conduct a thorough medical exam

  • Properly interpret laboratory results

  • Refer a patient to a specialist when necessary

  • Order the appropriate diagnostic tests

  • Provide timely follow-up care

  • Make an accurate differential diagnosis

  • Properly assess the severity of the condition

If you believe that your current condition was worsened by misdiagnosis, it is important to speak to your doctor and seek a second opinion. If medical negligence caused the misdiagnosis, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can also help you pursue a medical malpractice claim for any injuries suffered. Such claims may address serious complications, more costly or intensive medical treatments, permanent disability, lower survival rates and even death.

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