If you’ve ever had a doctor fail to diagnose your issue properly, or diagnose it as the wrong disorder, you know how detrimental it can be. However, you be wondering if this is a common problem or if you really just got unlucky and your case is an outlier.
According to some studies, this issue is so common that it’s the number one reason people decide to start medical malpractice cases. The study did count delays in diagnosis to get those stats, but that’s close enough that the results are very telling.
The example used in reports about one study was a failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner. This is an especially important area since cancer can grow so much worse over time. In some situations, a localized, treatable form of cancer can spread throughout the body and turn into a terminal condition. The consequences of missing that diagnosis are dire indeed.
In fact, the study did claim that death was the most common outcome in these cases. The issues that were missed most often included heart attacks, meningitis, breast cancer, melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer.
Of course, these fatal cases were then started by the surviving family members, who had to deal with things like emotional distress, the loss of a loved one, high medical bills, lost wages and earning capacity, and much more. If you are in a similar position, or if you’re the one whose diagnosis was done incorrectly or missed entirely, make sure you know what rights you may have to seek out financial compensation.
Source: Live Science, “Failure to Diagnose Is No. 1 Reason for Suing Doctors,” Rachael Rettner, accessed Dec. 07, 2016