BY: Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller | IN: Medical Malpractice
It’s scary to imagine, but most people will experience at least one late or inaccurate medical diagnosis during their lifetime. For many, this error will have life-altering and often life-threatening consequences, which can be fertile ground for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In fact, the problem is more serious than originally thought, according to a report spotlighted on NBC News. And to make matters worse, doctors and hospitals are trying to keep the problem under the radar.
According to findings from the National Academy of Medicine:
However, the report also suggests that several steps can be taken to help reduce the number of incorrect or late diagnoses:
Unfortunately, doctors and hospitals do not necessarily support these recommendations.
In fact, it will take a major culture shift in the medical profession to get hospitals and health care providers to willingly fess up to their mistakes. Until then, one thing is certain: the inaccurate and too-late diagnoses will continue.
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Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller focuses her practice on medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and general negligence litigation on behalf injured plaintiffs.