When most people think of “medical malpractice,” they think of errors made during surgery, or a patient who is given the wrong medications. However, misdiagnosis can also be a form of medical malpractice -which can have serious and even life-threatening consequences for the patient.
Despite the risks, misdiagnosis is still rarely studied. A 1999 study estimated that anywhere from 44,000 to 98,000 people die in the U.S. each year as a result of medical misdiagnosis, and as many as 9 million are injured – sometimes permanently. Researchers estimate that 5 to 15 percent of patients are misdiagnosed at least once in their lives, but most do not suffer serious consequences as a result. For those who are harmed, however, the failure to diagnose properly can have life-altering consequences.
The causes of misdiagnosis are still being pinpointed, but patients can help protect themselves by keeping accurate records of their medications, allergies, and previous diagnoses, and sharing these with their doctors. Keeping careful track of symptoms can also help doctors make the right diagnosis the first time. Also, a second opinion can help patients avoid a dangerous misdiagnosis.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a wrong diagnosis, the experienced Michigan medical misdiagnosis attorneys at Lipton Law can help. We have the legal resources and real-world experience to help you piece together what happened and hold any negligent parties accountable for the damage they have caused. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.