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Diagnostic Errors and Medical Malpractice Claims (Part 2)

February 8, 2014

Health care professionals’ lack of training is one common factor that can lead to serious diagnostic errors and, in turn, medical malpractice claims.

Health care professionals’ lack of training is one common factor that can lead to serious diagnostic errors and, in turn, medical malpractice claims.

Continuing from Diagnostic Errors and Medical Malpractice Claims (Part 1), here we will carry on our discussion of how health care professionals’ mistakes when it comes to diagnosing patients can result in serious injuries and be the bases of malpractice claims. While the first part of this blog provided some statistics associated with the incidence of diagnostic errors, as well as the specific types of diagnostic mistakes that can occur, in this second part, we will take a closer look at some of the circumstances or events that may increase the likelihood that diagnostic errors will take place.

Causes of Diagnostic Errors

Any number of factors can cause diagnostic errors to take place, and some of the most common causes of misdiagnoses, improper diagnoses or failure to diagnose include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • A health care professional’s inexperience and/or lack of training
  • A health care professional trying to serve or provide care for too many patients (This can occur, for example, when medical facilities are short-staffed or understaffed).
  • A health care professional improperly administering a diagnostic test (or possibly even contaminating the blood samples or other samples used in the diagnostic process because they don’t follow chain-of-custody procedures)
  • A health care professional failing to properly read or interpret test results
  • A health care professional failing to recognize obvious symptoms a patient may have and/or failing to ask a patient appropriate questions regarding his symptoms
  • The lack of up-to-date or functional medical equipment in health care facilities (For example, if a CT scanner doesn’t work properly, it’s far more likely that the diagnosis based on an inaccurate scan will also be inaccurate).

How the Military Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Brown Law Can Help You

Have you been the victim of diagnostic errors in a military hospital or medical facility? If so, then it may be time for you learn more about your legal rights by meeting with the military medical malpractice attorneys at the Law Firm of Brown Law.

Our military medical malpractice lawyers have the skill and expertise to get you the justice you deserve. Although no amount of money can ever make up for an injury or wrongful death caused by medical malpractice, the compensation we could help you recover will go a long way in covering medical costs and the pain and suffering you have endured. To encourage injured parties to learn more about their legal rights, our law firm provides free initial consultations, consideration even if another law firm has turned you down and availability 24 hours a day seven days a week.

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