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According to a recent study released by the Institute of Medicine, the majority of people will suffer from at least one delayed or wrong diagnosis in their lifetime. Approximately 2 million diagnostic errors a year occur in the United States. The report found that 5% of adults in the country who seek outpatient medical care will experience misdiagnosis. Furthermore, errors in diagnosis are believed to contribute about 17% of adverse outcomes in hospitals and 10% of all patient deaths.

According to a recent study released by the Institute of Medicine, the majority of people will suffer from at least one delayed or wrong diagnosis in their lifetime. Approximately 2 million diagnostic errors a year occur in the United States. The report found that 5% of adults in the country who seek outpatient medical care will experience misdiagnosis. Furthermore, errors in diagnosis are believed to contribute about 17% of adverse outcomes in hospitals and 10% of all patient deaths.

Misdiagnosis also ranks as one of the main types of paid medical malpractice claims and are almost twice as likely to have caused the death of a patient compared to other types of claims.

Neck and back pain is one of the most common reasons for medical treatment. In any given year, approximately 14% of the adult population in the United States will visit their doctor with back pain complaints. In 2012, over 52.3 million patients visited a doctor with back pain complaints.

Misdiagnosis of Neck/Back Pain

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is one of the most commonly missed diagnoses in patients that suffer from back pain. This is a neurological condition that is potentially debilitating and may lead to paralysis when compression occurs in the nerve roots in the spinal cord. CES may be caused by narrowing of the spinal column, herniated disc and tumors or lesions that compress the spinal cord.

Other causes of neck and back pain frequently missed by physicians include back pain caused by renal disease, fractured vertebrae, lymphoma, some forms of bone cancer, as well as infections affecting the spinal cord, such as discitis, spinal epidural abscess, and osteomyelitis.

There can be potentially devastating consequences with misdiagnosis of neck and back pain. Diagnostic errors are just one type of medical error that occurs. If your physician misdiagnosed your neck or back pain, leading to a serious medical condition and other damages, you may be able to bring a medical malpractice claim against them.

Proving Misdiagnosis

When it comes to lawsuits involving misdiagnosis, you need to prove that when your physician failed to diagnose a harmful health condition accurately, they filed to demonstrate or maintain the level of skill that a similar physician would have demonstrated under the same circumstances.

You also need to show that the sub-standard care provided by the doctor resulted in harm to the patient.

If a physician has misdiagnose your or a loved one’s neck or back pain, you should immediately seek the legal expertise of the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212-344-1000. The first meeting with us is free.

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