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According to a new study published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, approximately 12 million adults in the United States who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed every year. This amounts to 1 out of 20 patients and according to researchers, 50% of those misdiagnosis cases has the potential to cause severe harm.

According to a new study published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, approximately 12 million adults in the United States who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed every year. This amounts to 1 out of 20 patients and according to researchers, 50% of those misdiagnosis cases has the potential to cause severe harm.

In another report, it was found that about 28% of 583 diagnostic mistakes were in fact life threatening or resulted in permanent disability and even death. It was also estimated in another study that there are 40,500 fatal diagnostic errors each year in intensive care units in the US. This is equal to the annual number of breast cancer deaths.

Everyone trusts their doctors, especially in emergency situations. Medicine is a difficult and often imprecise science, but nevertheless, we expect physicians to do what a reasonably skilled doctor would do under the same circumstances the treating doctor is under. Failure to diagnose a stroke can be one of the biggest oversights with major consequences.

Failure to Diagnose a Stroke

Although there can be many variations in types of medical malpractice cases, two types of medical malpractice cases are common.

The first is what is referred to as “active malpractice.” This is when a doctor makes a mistake during a procedure, fails to read a medical record correctly, orders the wrong procedure or generally commits malpractice while engaging in the active treatment of a patient.

Failure to diagnose cases may be the more common type of malpractice. In these cases, a doctor misses a condition’s signs and symptoms, thus failing to provide treatment for the actual condition. Because it is untreated, the condition worsens, and this leads to a more serious medical problem, or even death. For example, a doctor diagnoses and treats a head cold, when the patient actually has bronchitis.

There can be a number of reasons for failure to diagnose cases. Sometimes, a doctor may be particularly busier than other days, and may miss telling signs that are evident on a medical chart or important information that a patient or their family conveys. As in the case of “real life,” the easy solution can be easily seen and the hidden or more difficult ones can be overlooked.

Hiring a Lawyer for Failure to Diagnose a Stroke

Quickly diagnosing and treating a stroke can make a major difference in the patient’s long term disability. Therefore, in medical malpractice cases that involve stroke, the question is not whether the stroke was “caused” by the doctor but whether a failure to diagnose led the patient to suffer increased or additional long term disabilities that would have otherwise been prevented.

The factual issues in stroke medical malpractice cases can be complex, which is why it is important to hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Expert testimony is also a requirement in these types of cases. You should make sure that you hire the services of a lawyer who is experienced in handling medical malpractice as it is a long and complex legal process that can drag on for months, even years.

If you or a loved has been harmed because your doctor failed to diagnose a stroke, you should seek the help of a reputed and qualified medical malpractice attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212-344-1000.

RMFW Law has a long list of satisfied clients. We have won millions of dollars for past clients. We know what it takes to win cases. We know what type of evidence and information is needed to sway other the other side into capitulating. The first meeting is free. Give us a call, what do you have to say?