Diagnostic Mistakes And Medication Errors At The Core Of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice cases refer to patients who suffer harm by a doctor, nurse, other health care professional or hospital. Only a small percentage of cases that have errors that leads to patient injuries. You should understand that just because a physician makes a mistake with his or her diagnosis or treatment that doesn’t specifically mean that you have a malpractice claim.

Your lawyer will have to prove that the doctor or medical care provider was negligent in some manner or lack the necessary competency or skills. Further, he must demonstrate how the failure to take proper care caused harm to the patient.

Patients who suffer harm due to sub-standard medical care need to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer to clarify and protect their rights and recover compensation.

Medical Misdiagnosis Most Common Error

According to a study reported in the BMJ, most of the claims filed in the USA, UK, Australia, France and Canada involved missed diagnosis related to cancer, heart attack and meningitis sat at the core of between 26 percent and 63 percent of claims.

Johns Hopkins researchers (BMJ Quality and Safety July 2013) looked at more than 350,000 medical malpractice cases in the U.S. They found that the majority of malpractice compensation, which has totaled $39 billion over the past 25 years, concern missed or wrong diagnosis. Annually, up to 160,000 people die from diagnostic errors.

In some cases of missed or delay diagnosis, had the physician properly diagnosis the case, or completed the diagnosis in a timely manner, patients could have taken advantage of a treatment protocol that could have averted critical injury or even death. This is part of the issues surrounding the case that medical malpractice lawyer will need to determine.

The majority of diagnostic errors occur with outpatients. Mistakes that occur with hospitalized patients have a higher probability of being fatal. According to the research appearing in BMJ Quality and Safety, errors that occurred with inpatients were more likely to be fatal.

Medication Mistakes Can Be Fatal

The BMJ study reveals that medication mishaps also account for the second most common reason for medical malpractice cases-between 5.6 percent and 20 percent for the five countries studied. Researchers at the University of Illinois found that 7% of medication errors claims had to do with blood thinners given to hospitalized patients.

These drugs, which prevent blood clots from developing in arteries and veins, are commonly prescribed by doctors to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Other prevalent medication mistakes include:

  • The physician writes the wrong prescription or dosage.
  • The medical professional administering the medication gives the patient the wrong amount.
  • The medical equipment that administers the drug malfunction and causes problems with the dosage.

Some childbirth injuries, surgical mistakes and anesthesia errors can also be attributed to negligence by a doctor or other medical professional. In Nevada, medical malpractice claims fall under a complex set of rules, which makes it crucial that you get the advice of a Las Vegas medical malpractice attorney.