Misdiagnosis: A Long Battle After Medical Malpractice

Posted on Aug 19, 2014

We talk a lot about some of the most common types of medical malpractice, how to prevent medical malpractice in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and what steps to take if you or your family have been affected by medical malpractice.

Misdiagnosis is a common cause of medical malpractice - many times it occurs because of other medical or hospital mistakes, like a test result that wasn't sent to the doctor, a test that wasn't done, or an order that wasn't carried out.  Or a doctor didn't consider all of the information in arriving at a diagnosis, or didn't form his own differential diagnosis, and only relied on what was written in the medical chart before he saw the patient - sometimes a diagnosis written by a medical student or first year resident is blindly followed and re-copied throughout the chart, with no experienced physician taking the time to review the labs, tests and clinical exam reports and form his or her own assessment.

So it's no surprise to us that in a CBS news report,  done by CBS, they found that approximately 12 million adults have been misdiagnosed in an outpatient medical care setting. Some of the reasons cited for these misdiagnosis are doctors not having enough time to evaluate their patients, not listening to patients and not following up with patients.

We have seen preventable medical mistakes like these lead to devastating injuries because of misdiagnosis in our medical malpractice cases.

When we wrote 7 Symptoms of Medical Malpractice: How Every Patient Can Recognize, Stop and Avoid Medical Mistakes, we had the patient safety in mind. As a patient or a patient advocate, you need information on how to avoid and prevent medical malpractice - you can't rely on hospitals, doctors or HMOs to always follow patient safety rules and guidelines.

If you have a question about a serious injury after medical treatment, call us today for more information.

For the full story head over to CBS and The Wall Street Journal.


Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
Connect with me
Experienced DC Workers' Comp, Long Term Disability & Accident Lawyer