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The Top Three Reasons For Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

January 7, 2016 by Carrie Capouellez
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Many physicians will be sued for medical malpractice. According to the American Medical Association, 61% of doctors will be named in a lawsuit by late in their careers. By age 54, 64% of the physicians who responded to a Medscape survey had experienced at least one malpractice suit over the course of their careers. After age 60, the percentage rose to about 80%. Obstetricians and gynecologists are the most likely to be sued, followed closely by general surgeons.

The doctors polled by Medscape indicated that they were sued for medical malpractice most commonly for:

  1. Failure to diagnose — 31 percent
  2. Patient suffered abnormal injury — 31 percent
  3. Failure to treat — 12 percent

Other reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits included errors in medication administration and failure to follow safety procedures.

Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose

One of the most common medical malpractice lawsuits is misdiagnosis. This occurs when a doctor or other health care staff member provides a diagnosis for a condition that does not represent what the patient is actually suffering from.

Some examples of cases of misdiagnosis include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancer: Any number of seemingly innocuous health problems can be an early indication of cancer. If a doctor doesn’t properly look into or follow up when you report certain symptoms and, as a result, misses a cancer diagnosis, your may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
  • Heart Disease: Certain medical symptoms like an upset stomach, back pain, and/or difficulty breathing may indicate that your loved one is suffering a heart attack.
  • Stroke: Dizziness, confusion, and headaches can be blamed on anything, but danger and the potential for wrongful death arise when the source is a stroke.

When you seek professional medical care, you should have a reasonable expectation that you will receive adequate treatment. The Journal of Patient Safety says that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.

Get Help With Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Most medical professionals are capable individuals who work hard for the health of their patients. However, medical mistakes can have devastating consequences, and the victims are patients who have come to a doctor looking for help. While medical negligence is the basic cause of most malpractice, it’s important to understand that not every bad result constitutes malpractice. This area of law is complicated, and that is why you should speak with an experienced lawyer at Lopez McHugh LLP today.

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