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Failure to diagnose is most common form of medical malpractice


Anyone who has suffered from medical malpractice in Pittsburgh can share how traumatizing it can be. Patients have to put full trust in their doctors that they are making the right diagnosis and have ordered the right tests and interpreted the results correctly. But, in thousands of cases each year across Pittsburgh and the U.S. medical malpractice occurs including the failure to diagnose cancer.

Failure to diagnose a condition is the most common form of medical malpractice. Missed diagnosis occurs in between 26 to 63 percent of all medical malpractice claims. Among the failure to diagnose claims there are several conditions that are not diagnosed. The most common are cancer and heart attacks. These are followed by appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy and broken bones.

Patients who have been affected by a misdiagnosis can suffer greatly. The failure to diagnose cancer can lead to delayed treatment and a worsened outlook. A heart attack that is missed can result in death.

A family who believes their loved one has suffered from the failure to diagnose a condition may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review the medical records and circumstances surrounding the incident. Compensation may be available for unexpected medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Patients who have a medical condition should be persistent with their doctor and seek second and even third opinions if necessary. A person's health should not be taken lightly and a worsened condition can easily occur if the diagnosis is not accurate.

Source: CBS News, "Most common medical malpractice claims for missed cancer, heart attacks," Ryan Jaslow, July 19, 2013

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