Diagnostic mistakes are the top cause of medical malpractice

In Georgia, when people go to their doctors, they do so with the hope that they will get better. Some people are injured or die every year despite seeking medical care. Unfortunately, some of these cases are caused by medical malpractice.

According to a study that was conducted by Coverys, a medical malpractice provider, the leading type of medical malpractice from 2013 to 2017 was diagnostic errors. Out of the claims that were filed, 33 percent were related to diagnostic mistakes that were made by clinicians. The second most common type of medical malpractice that Coverys found in its study was surgical errors at 24 percent.

The company reviewed 10,618 medical malpractice claims that were filed between 2013 and 2017. In 36 percent of the claims involving diagnostic errors, the patients died as a result. The diagnostic errors were made in outpatient settings in 36 percent of the claims as well. More than half of the diagnostic error-related claims involved lab testing mistakes, and one-third involved doctors who did not properly evaluate their patients. Out of the claims that were filed, 14 percent were claims against radiologists.

Medical malpractice claims the lives of many people every year. People who are injured by medical errors or who have loved ones who died because of medical negligence may want to meet with personal injury attorneys who are experienced in handling malpractice claims. The lawyers may offer honest assessments about the winnability of the claims. If they agree to accept the cases, they may work with medical experts to build strong cases for their clients. In many cases, the attorneys may be able to negotiate settlements for their clients so that their losses are covered. In others, the attorneys may fight for their clients by litigating the matters through the court process, including jury trials.

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