Failure to Diagnose Medical Error Claims
Our law firm handles medical malpractice misdiagnosis cases. We have both settled and taken these case to trial through Maryland. Our last verdict in a misdiagnosis case was for $5.2 million. If you or a loved one have been a victim of an error in diagnosis, talk to a lawyer who will fight for you. Call 800-553-8082 or get a free no-obligation consultation.Misdiagnosis is Pandemic in Maryland
Failure to diagnose claims occur when a doctor or health care provider does not detect and order necessary testing to follow up on reasonable suspicions of a disease. The consequences of these mistakes range from insignificant to fatal. Many of the most tragic cases are death cases that result from failure to see the signs of heart conditions or cancer.
Even with all of the medical advances that have been made in diagnostic technologies - the blood tests, MRIs, CT scans, pathology testing, endoscopes, and the like - medicine still relies on humans to interpret these results. While most doctors are doing a great job interpreting these test results, far too many are not.
Studies of autopsies have suggested that doctors miss fatal illnesses approximately 20% of the time. This is just a stunning number.
In 2014, BMJ Quality & Safety put out a study that found that at least 5% of outpatients receives an incorrect diagnosis from their physician. So it's hard to dispute - and most doctors agree - that millions of patients are going untreated or are being treated by their medical doctors for the wrong condition or disease.Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions That Lead to Malpractice Cases
We have analyzed the major illnesses that are frequently misdiagnosed:
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Colonoscopy Malpractice
- C-Diff Infection
- Diabetes (most typically Type 2 Diabetes)
- Emergency Room Failure to Diagnose
- Lyme Disease
- Pseudotumor Cerebri
- Pulmonary Embolism
The four most commonly misdiagnosed injuries that lead to health care negligence claims, according to one recent study, is breast cancer, colorectal cancer, infections, and skin cancer.
But those are just the claims that lead to malpractice. Pulmonary emboli and myocardial infarctions are two extremely common misdiagnosed problems that don't make the list, mostly because the proof in these cases is sometimes more challenging.Verdicts and Settlements in Misdiagnosis Cases
More medical malpractice payments to victims in Maryland come from misdiagnosis than any other claim. Johns Hopkins put out a study in 2013 that found that more than one-third of all malpractice payments were from failure to properly diagnose cases, totaling $38.8 billion over the last 20 years.
- Learn more about how malpractice cases are valued
- Get sample verdicts and settlements in Maryland
- Background on wrongful death claims and how the damages are calculated in Maryland
- Look at a sample popliteal artery misdiagnosis case filed in 2016
If you or someone you love has suffered as the result of a health care provider's error, call 800-553-8082 or get a free no-obligation consultation.