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Medical Malpractice: When Doctors Miss the Mark

CRICO Strategies, a division of the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions released a report that looked into the medical malpractice cases.

medical malpractice lawyers syracuse ny misdiagnosisThese cases are of diagnostic errors specifically. CRICO maintains a database with information of more than 300,000 malpractice cases that include open and closed cases. In their study the analyzed over 23,000 malpractice cases filed between 2008 and 2012 to see what kinds of medical errors led to the lawsuits. Over twenty percent of them were brought on by patients who alleged failure to properly diagnose their illness.

Most physicians that were involved in making a diagnostic errors in the ambulatory care context were family physicians and doctors of internal medicine and not surgeons or radiologists as many would have believed.

Medical Malpractice: Misdiagnosis

  • What was the cause of the diagnostic failures?
  • A delay in ordering a diagnostic test
  • Failure to order a diagnostic test
  • Misinterpretation of a diagnostic test
  • Failure to establish a diagnosis
  • Failure to follow-up and coordinate treatment.

Medical Malpractice: Most Common Misdiagnoses

The top three missed diagnoses that appear in the study are cancer, heart disease and orthopedic injuries. When looking into missed cancers category they most common type missed was breast cancer. Over 17% of the cancer misdiagnoses in the CRICO malpractice study involved breast cancer, while the second type misdiagnosed cancer was lung cancer.

Medical Malpractice study death rates. One of the most alarming finding in the study was the average age of patients who died after an ambulatory misdiagnosis. The average age was 52 years old.

Generally speaking, most medical malpractice cases get settled out of court. In the ambulatory misdiagnosis cases in the CRICO study, over 35% resulted in a payment to the plaintiff and 4% of the settlements were in excess of $1 million; the average payment was $442,000.

Syracuse Medical Malpractice Personal Injury Lawyers

At McMahon, Kublick & Smith, our experienced personal injury Syracuse medical malpractice lawyers can help you in your medical malpractice personal injury case to help you understand the ramifications of your malpractice claim, and to help you get the compensation to which you are entitled.   To find out how we can help you and a complimentary case evaluation, contact the experienced Syracuse medical malpractice lawyers at McMahon, Kublick & Smith at (315) 424-1105 or by email.