Medical Malpractice: Doctors Are Misdiagnosing, Report Shows
According to a study published by the Institute of Medicine, most people will suffer at least one delayed diagnosis or incorrect diagnosis in their lifetime. This study also reports that 5% of adults who receive outpatient care will receive an incorrect diagnosis and of those events, up to 17% are considered adverse events (medical malpractice) and contribute to 10% of patient deaths.
This study opened up one of the biggest challenges in diagnosing illness: communication between all parties including patients, physicians, nurses, other hospital staff and families.
The attorneys and medical malpractice team at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan remind you of the following when you or a loved one is being treated:
- Tell your doctor EVERYTHING. A symptom may seem insignificant to you, but it could be the difference between two different diagnoses and/or testing recommendations.
- Tell your doctor any and all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking.
- Tell your doctor your entire medical history and your family medical history.
If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, find out now