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Top Causes for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Recently, a report was released by the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), an organization which is composed of over 60 medical malpractice insurance companies. The report stated that, in the United States, failure to diagnose is the most frequent complaint made in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The top four reasons that medical malpractice lawsuits are filed are listed below (in order):

  • Failure to Diagnose
  • Incorrectly performed procedure
  • Error in diagnosis
  • Failure to perform procedure

While all of these situations of medical malpractice are somewhat related, a doctor’s inability to diagnose a patient’s condition seems to be the underlying cause of each problem. In fact, over 40% of all medical malpractice lawsuits are made up of failure to diagnose and error in diagnosis malpractice situations. Although everyone would like to believe that the doctor examining them is fully trained and capable in making the right medical decisions, all too often, doctors are either improperly trained or simply too busy to diagnose a patient based on a thorough and complete examination. Inadequate or ignored medical procedures may also contribute to the problem of a doctor’s failure to diagnose.

Receiving an incorrect diagnosis is a very serious medical concern. Not only will an incorrect diagnosis significantly delay medical attention for a patient who needs immediate care, but misdiagnosis can result in the administration of incorrect treatments. This, in turn, could result in serious health complications for patients if they are being given drugs or other treatments that do not care for their actual medical condition.

If you have been injured by a doctor’s failure to diagnose, contact a Waukesha medical malpractice lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® by calling (800) 242-2874 today. The lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® are dedicated to helping you fight for your rights when a doctor’s negligence causes your injury.