Commonly Misdiagnosed Medical Conditions
Studies suggest that somewhere between 250,000 and 500,000 people die as a result of medical malpractice each year in the United States. In fact, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. Statistics of how many incidents of medical malpractice occur each year are impossible to calculate as most incidents go unnoticed or unreported or do not involve serious injury. However, some estimates suggest that as many as 1,000,000 people are injured each year because of medical malpractice.
The most common type of medical malpractice is a misdiagnosed medical condition. The most common conditions that are misdiagnosed because of medical malpractice are cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, brain, lung, cervix and skin, allergic reactions, stroke, heart attack, Lyme disease and meningitis. With advancements in medical technology, doctors should be able to achieve earlier detection and treatment of diseases and medical conditions. This advanced ability to detect disease makes the failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis all the more damaging to treatment and to patient outcomes.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis and suspect medical malpractice, you should act swiftly to ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries, medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Please consider allowing the attorneys at Feagans Law Group to Guide Your Path to Justice.