We often hear about medical negligence claims stemming from mistakes made during surgery or throughout the course of treatment of a patient. However, many medical malpractice claims stem from the diagnosis of the patient's condition. Misdiagnosis of a patient's condition, or failure to diagnose a patient, can lead to improper care and eventually result in medical complications or death. In many cases involving misdiagnosis, a physician may ignore the severity of a patient's symptoms and send them home without treatment. This delay in treatment may cause the patient additional harm.
We trust doctors and nurses to adhere to applicable standards of care when treating us and our loved ones. Unfortunately, some medical professionals are negligent when treating patients, and that negligence results in catastrophic injury or death. Patients can hold doctors and nurses responsible for their negligence by filing a medical malpractice claim against them.
Going to the doctor may seem like a routine activity. When one gets ill or is injured, medical professionals are relied on. But what happens when the care of a doctor is what is causing a patient pain or their current ailment? It can be difficult to ascertain at first, but when a medical mistake is made, such as a diagnostic error, a patient could suffer significantly. A delayed or missed diagnosis could mean worsened conditions or new medical problems. It also means added medical bills.
When we fall ill or suffer an injury, we are likely to seek out help and assistance from medical professionals. Whether it is something minor or a severe medical condition, patients trust doctors and nurses to diagnose their ailments, care for them and treat their conditions. While this is common for many patients, some unfortunately suffer harms because a medical professional failed to properly diagnose a patient or administer their medication.
Patients who underwent wrong-site surgery, an incorrect procedure or a procedure intended for another patient may face terrifying and catastrophic consequences. This medical malpractice is known as wrong-site, wrong procedure, wrong patient errors. These WSPEs are defined as never events that should never take place and reveal serious safety issues.
Ohio medical negligence is not limited to surgical error or misdiagnosis. Although laws, such as the Health Insurance and Portability Act (HIPAA), are intended to protect patient information, there have been concerns over health care workers looking through medical records for curiosity instead of legitimate care. This has prompted medical malpractice lawsuits in states.
Physician negligence may cause a surgical or other fatal medical error. Malfunctioning medical devices can also play a large role in medical malpractice. However, a recent report shows that the US Food and Drug Administration grants exemptions allowing them to file reports on faulty equipment in a database that is hidden from doctors and researchers.
Advances in medical science and technology has not eliminated errors. There is a large volume of medical records containing mistakes that can cause medical malpractice. Almost one in ten people who have online access to their medical records requested corrections, according to Office of National Coordinator for Heath Information Technology estimates. In the worst cases, an incorrect diagnosis or laboratory or scan result in a record can cause inappropriate evaluation or treatment or the administration of unwarranted and potentially dangerous drugs.