Picking up from where 7 Facts to Know about Medical Malpractice (Pt. 1) left off, below are some more important facts and information about medical negligence and patients’ rights when they’ve been the subject of malpractice.
Malpractice Fact 3 – Getting a second opinion can be key to figuring out when malpractice has occurred.
Although people want to be able to trust what their doctors tell them, it never hurts to get a second opinion when it comes to your health and the courses of treatment that may be best for you.
While second opinions may end up confirming what a first doctor has already told you about your condition, they can also shed light on when other medical professionals may have made mistakes, misread test results and may have told you things (or performed treatments on you) that could have compromised your health.
Malpractice Fact 4 – Misdiagnosis is the most common form of malpractice.
While medical malpractice can come in many forms (like, for instance, anesthesia errors, surgery errors and medication errors), researchers have found that diagnostic errors are by far the most common type of malpractice that occurs.
In fact, a recently published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has reported that about 1 in every 5 patients in the U.S. is the victim of misdiagnosis each year. This equates to about 12 million people in the U.S. being affected by misdiagnoses annually.
Because many of these diagnostic errors affect people with serious conditions like, for instance, cancer, such instances of medical malpractice can end up having deadly results if it takes months (or longer) before the proper diagnosis and treatments are eventually realized and administered (respectively).
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