The Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), an organization which is composed of over 60 medical malpractice insurance companies, recently released a report stating that failure to diagnose is the most common complaint made in medical malpractice cases in the United States.
The top four reasons that medical malpractice lawsuits are filed are listed below (in order):
While all of these are somewhat related, everything stems from a doctor’s inability to diagnose a patient’s condition. Failure to diagnose and error in diagnosis make up over 40% of all medical malpractice lawsuits. Although everyone would like to believe that they can trust the doctor treating them, all too often, doctors are too busy to diagnose a patient based on a thorough examination. Inadequate or ignored medical procedures also contribute to the failure to diagnose.
Having your condition incorrectly diagnosed is a very serious medical concern. Not only will an incorrect diagnosis significantly delay medical attention for a patient who needs immediate care, but failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis can also lead to the administration of incorrect treatments. This, in turn, could result in serious health complications for patients.