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Posted on February 25, 2020 by

Misdiagnosis Is The Leading Cause of Malpractice Suits: What You Should Know

Most medical malpractice lawsuits are filed not because of something that went horribly wrong on the operating table; but because a patient was visiting their doctor and did not get the correct diagnosis. This may be surprising to hear, and it’s hard to believe that so many people are misdiagnosed. But the reality is that it happens in St. Louis all the time. 

Understanding Diagnostic Mistakes

It has been reported that inaccurate or delayed diagnosis is to blame for as many as 34% of all medical malpractice claims. In addition to that, 28% of the compensation received for these claims is because of diagnostic errors. That’s a large number, but what makes it even worse is the fact that many of these errors could have been easily prevented. 

Close to 29% of these cases involved patients who should have been diagnosed with cancer, infections, stroke or heart attacks. But it’s still hard to know how many people’s lives have been impacted. The number falls anywhere between 400,000 and 4 million. That’s a lot of people who have received the wrong information from their doctors. 

Contact Your St. Louis Malpractice Attorneys

Your St. Louis malpractice attorneys are here to provide you with legal advice if you have been the victim of a malpractice case. Perhaps you think your doctor has made diagnostic errors and you want to know what you can do. Please contact us today.