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Radiologists often misdiagnose 4 types of cancers

Convergys, a Boston based provider of medical malpractice insurance, released a report this month in which they content that as much as 15 percent of all negligence claims may be related to radiology errors. They also highlighted how the most common condition misdiagnosed because of these errors is cancer.

The many different causes of anesthesia errors

An estimated 40 million procedures requiring anesthesia are performed in the United States each year. Data compiled by the Institute of Medicine also shows that there are 1.5 million Advert Drug Events (ADEs), or intraventional drug injuries, that occur in the country each year. At least 5.3 percent of all ADEs that occur happen prior pre-operatively.

Why are women misdiagnosed more often than men?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University published data in 2017 showing that one in every 20 Americans will be misdiagnosed with an incorrect medical condition at some point during their life. Another statistic they released that same year showed that a quarter of a million of all Americans each year die from suspected medical malpractice, a cause of death that is only surpassed by heart disease and cancer.

What do patients file medical malpractice claims for?

Instances of medical malpractice are increasing across the United States. It's believed that increased demand for medical services can be blamed for this. As more demands are placed on the health care system, physicians and other medical providers become stressed and overworked. The extreme pressure that they're under can have a significant impact on the quality of care that they can provide their patients with.

Could data breaches affect patient care in hospitals?

When you go to the doctor, you likely go with some basic expectations. You probably expect the facilities to be clean and the physicians to be qualified, for instance. You likely also expect that any information you share with your doctor will be documented properly and kept safe.

What do the courts consider medical malpractice?

Proving that your doctor engaged in medical malpractice is not easily done. There are many circumstances that may lead to a patient's medical condition declining that have little to do with a doctor's misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of them. Surgical complications often occur in instances in which a procedure is relatively new or overly complex. In both of the aforementioned situations, medical malpractice may not be at play.

Medical errors: 3rd leading cause of death of Americans

Doctors are only human and can make mistakes, but there are instances in which those mistakes aren't harmless. Errors by medical professionals are the third leading cause of death of Americans. This shocking statistic is a call to action for all adults who receive medical care in this country.

Medical malpractice lawsuit: what do you have to prove?

Imagine that you go into your doctor's office for a routine appointment, and it is discovered that you need to go through a medical procedure to alleviate a medical condition that you have developed. But when you get the procedure done, it is quickly discovered that they made a mistake during the procedure and you will have to go through more surgery and accrue more medical costs as a result of the mistake.

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