Research conducted by the John Hopkins Medical Center regarding medical malpractice payouts over the last 25 years the United States, they uncovered that diagnostic errors held a large percentage of claims and resulted in the largest overall injury rate to patients. The research showed that between 1986 and 2010 a total of $38.8 billion was paid out for misdiagnosis claims.
This study also indicated that 80,000 to 160,000 patients suffered from preventable injuries and deaths related to diagnostic errors. While these accidents were also more common in outpatient care with 68.8 percent of diagnostic errors, rather than inpatient care with 31.2 percent of diagnostic errors. It should also be noted that while outpatient care had a higher percentages of errors, inpatient diagnosis errors were overall more fatal.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Phillips Law Group have great sympathy for all injured victims of diagnostic errors and want to help you recover for your losses and damages. Our attorneys recognize that everyone close to an individual may suffer emotionally and financially following a diagnostic error and are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
For more information, complete the Free Case Review form on this page or call 602-258-8888 today.
Types of Diagnostic Errors
The following information demonstrates a variety of diagnostic errors which could, and do occur each and every day in Arizona, and across the nation. Some of the most common types of diagnostic errors include:
Delayed Diagnosis: Delayed diagnosis may occur when a health care provider makes the right decision in regards to an injury or illness; yet they do this with a significant delay. This happens to be one of the most common types of diagnostic error that our lawyers handle.
Failure to Diagnose Related Disease: Failure to diagnose a related disease occurs when a health care provider diagnoses the original disease correctly, however fails to diagnose a commonly related disease.
Failure to Diagnose Unrelated Disease: Failure to diagnose unrelated disease occurs when a health care provider properly diagnoses one disease, however they fail to recognize an unrelated disease.
Failure to Recognize Complications: Failure to recognize complications occurs when a health care provider makes the correct diagnosis, yet fails to identify the complications or factors contributing to or aggravating the injury or illness.
Incorrect Diagnosis: Incorrect diagnosis may occur when a health care provider diagnoses a patient with a condition which they do not have.
Missed Diagnosis: Missed diagnosis occurs when a health care provider allows a patient to leave while giving them a clean bill of health with no disease, injury, or illness present.
These are the most common types of diagnostic errors seen by our lawyers. If you believe you have fallen victim to a diagnostic error, we invite you to contact our attorneys to begin exploring your legal options.
Contact an Experienced Arizona Diagnostic Error Lawyer Today
There may be nothing as devastating as a diagnostic error, as patients put their trust in their health care provider to accurately diagnose their illness, injury, or disease. When something goes wrong, it may result in further medical expenses, along with extreme pain and suffering to that individual and their families.
As a result, the lawyers at Phillips Law Group are prepared to fight on your behalf to achieve the maximum compensation you deserve for your losses and damages. Our attorneys have served thousands of injured victims and welcome you to contact us with any questions or concerns.
To learn more, call 602-258-8888 or complete the Free Case Review on this page today.