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Medical Misdiagnosis And Doctor Mistakes Impact Patient Safety

According to a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, most doctors are aware of the mistakes they have made. Of the doctors polled, almost all could recall the instances when they misdiagnosed a patient, or made a diagnosis too slowly. On average, each physician polled reported an extraordinary 2.2 errors.

The most common misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses reported were pulmonary embolism, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, drug reactions, and strokes.
The most common reasons for the misdiagnoses were failure to order laboratory tests, failure to review the results of laboratory tests ordered, inadequate histories, inadequate physical examinations, failure to order a consultation, and failure to consider alternate causes for the patient’s symptoms.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice and hospital mistake cases, including those arising out of a failure to diagnose, birth injury, or surgical error. If you or a loved one have been injured, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, special education, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

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