Medical Malpractice Lawsuits: Common Causes

A report has been released by the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), an organization composed of over 60 medical malpractice insurance companies, which states that “failure to diagnose” is the complaint most frequently made in medical malpractice cases.

The top four reasons that medical malpractice lawsuits are filed (in order):

  • Failure to Diagnose
  • Incorrectly performed procedure
  • Error in diagnosis
  • Failure to perform procedure

These top four reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits to be filed are all closely related. Many of the problems stem from the failure of the doctor to diagnose a patient. Over 40% of all medical malpractice lawsuits involve failure to diagnose and error in diagnosis malpractice situations.

Everyone would like to believe that the doctor who is caring for them is adequately trained and capable of making important medical decisions, however, it is often the case that doctors are either improperly trained or simply too busy to diagnose a patient based on a thorough and complete examination. Inadequate or ignored medical procedures contribute to the problem of a doctor’s failure to diagnose as well.

Being improperly diagnosed has serious medical consequences. Not only will an incorrect diagnosis delay medical attention for patients who require immediate care, but misdiagnosis can result in incorrect treatments. This, ultimately, could result in very serious health complications for patients if they are being given drugs or other treatments that do nothing to treat their actual medical condition. If you have any further questions please contact us at 800-242-2874.

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If you have been injured by a doctor’s failure to diagnose, contact an Appleton medical malpractice lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874 today. The Appleton misdiagnosis lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are committed to helping you fight for your rights when a doctor’s negligence causes your injury.