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Failure to diagnose contributes to numerous malpractice claims

When New Jersey residents begin to notice that something is off with their health, they may wonder how to address their concerns. If the issue is not significant, they may think that it will correct itself over time. However, if a problem persists or shows other troubling signs, most individuals will seek medical attention in hopes of learning what the issue may be. Of course, failure to diagnose the condition correctly could only lead to more issues.

It was recently reported that misdiagnoses account for a significant number of medical malpractice claims. One insurance company conducted research into how misdiagnoses impact liability claims and payouts, and their findings indicated that one-third of claims were filed due to issues stemming from incorrect or delayed diagnoses. It was also noted that 35 percent of these mistakes took place in outpatient facilities.

The report also indicated that many physicians are not aware that they have made an incorrect diagnosis until a legal claim has been filed against them. Often, patients may choose to go to different doctors in order gain a second opinion, because they simply want to go to a new physician or because their condition does not improve. When that new doctor makes a serious diagnoses, such as one involving cancer, the patient may then begin taking steps to file suit against the previous physician who failed to properly diagnose the issue first.

Failure to diagnose a serious medical condition can put patients at risk of suffering additional complications or even dying as a result. If New Jersey residents believe that their physicians misdiagnosed an issue or provided a proper diagnosis too late, they may wish to determine whether their situations may warrant legal action. Obtaining evaluations of their circumstances from legal professionals may prove useful when coming to this determination.

Source:, "Misdiagnoses Blamed in Half of Med-Mal Payouts", John Commins, March 13, 2018

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