Medical malpractice involves the negligence or error of a medical practitioner that results
in injury, illness, or even death to a patient. In a July study published
in BMJ Open, an online medical journal, medical malpractice claims mainly
concerning primary doctors were reviewed. Researchers looked at journal
articles about medical malpractice claims in the U.S., Britain, Australia,
France, and Canada. Their research revealed that the majority of claims
stemmed from missed diagnosis. Between 26 and 63% of their reviews entailed
this type of malpractice claim. The researchers stated that the most common
consequence of the missed diagnosis was death, which occurred in 15 to
48% of the cases studied.
In the cases of adults, the most frequent missed diagnoses were those related
to cancer and heart attacks. Less frequent were missed diagnoses of appendicitis,
ectopic pregnancy, and broken bones. In the cases of children, the most
common missed diagnoses concerned meningitis and various types of cancer.
Second to missed diagnosis as a leading basis for a malpractice claim were
medication errors. These types of medical errors can be committed by doctors,
nurses, pharmacists, emergency technicians, and similar personnel. They
can involve wrong dosage, wrong medication, and wrong delivery system
into the body and involve medications ranging from antibiotics to antidepressants
No one expects to be mistreated by medical professionals but medical errors
and negligence do occur. When this results in physical harm as well as
financial loss to a patient, he or she may have grounds for a medical
malpractice claim. When such claims are not handled in a satisfactory
manner by insurance carriers, strong legal representation may be required
to seek justice through the court system.
The Robert Pahlke Law Group represents victims in Nebraska who have been
seriously injured by negligent medical personnel. If you were injured
because of missed diagnosis, we can help you fight for rightful compensation
through a medical malpractice claim. Contact the firm to discuss your
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