BY: Robert B. Sickels | IN: Medical Malpractice
If you thought that surgical errors, wrongly prescribed drugs, or other health care mistakes prompted the majority of medical malpractice lawsuits, think again.
According to a recent study from BMJ Quality & Safety discussed in a New York Times post, malpractice claims most commonly arise from errors in diagnosis. Researchers reviewed 25 years’ worth of information from the National Practitioner Data Bank, an organization that records actions taken by state licensing authorities against health care practitioners.
Here’s what they discovered:
According to Dr. David E. Newman-Toker, an associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins and a senior author of the study, “This is a major health problem. There’s a lot of room for improvement. You can’t get the treatment right if you don’t get the diagnosis right.”
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For more than 30 years, Robert Sickels has successfully represented plaintiffs involved in complex personal injury, medical negligence, and products liability matters.