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Professional malpractice: Misdiagnosis a dangerous error

by | Jul 22, 2019 | Professional Malpractice

Having any type of medical issue can certainly be scary for Ohio residents. Even if an issue seems small, health concerns are often best addressed by professionals. Unfortunately, some people may go to the doctor’s office or a hospital in hopes of obtaining information about their health concerns only to face professional malpractice.

When it comes to medical malpractice claims, misdiagnosis makes up a considerable number of those claims. In fact, approximately 34% of these claims that involved death or permanent disability involved misdiagnosis, making it the most common medical mistake as well as the most dangerous. Facing the wrong diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis could cause serious problems for patients, including causing serious illnesses and allowing conditions to progress due to improper treatment or no treatment at all.

Various studies have looked into misdiagnosis and found that it happens more often to female patients. Commonly, complaints regarding pain are not taken as seriously by medical staff when those complaints come from women and girls as opposed to when they come from men and boys. When individuals have to fight for their health concerns to be taken seriously, it is easy to see that misdiagnosis could occur.

If Ohio residents have suffered harm or lost loved ones due to a wrong or a delayed diagnosis, they may wonder what action they could take to address the situation. Because of the many negative outcomes that can stem from professional malpractice, it is important that concerned parties have the right information for moving forward. Speaking with attorneys experienced in this type of case may help interested individuals understand their options.


Nathan J. Stuckey