Top Reasons Why Patients File Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Posted on July 24, 2013

The medical malpractice attorneys at Farah & Farah in Palatka recently came across an interesting study conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland in which researchers looked at the reasons why patients or their families file medical malpractice suits against physicians.

The study reviewed medical malpractice claims against primary care doctors in Australia, France, Canada and the United States and found that the most common reason patients and patients’ families file claims against doctors are due to missed diagnoses.

According to the Huffington Post, the diseases and conditions doctors misdiagnose most often are cancer, heart attacks and meningitis in children. The study indicated that most malpractice suits are filed because a patient has died as a result of a missed diagnosis.

The medical director of the largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer in the United States told the Post that studies such as this can help doctors improve the quality of their medical practices.

As an example, he pointed out that missed diagnoses of women who have suffered heart attacks have made doctors more aware that women can suffer “atypical” heart attack symptoms. Rather than “classic” symptoms such as chest and arm pain that a man may typically suffer during a heart attack, a woman may suffer from gastrointestinal problems instead.

Researchers also revealed that the second most common cause for filing malpractice claims is due to medication error. Medication error, in reference to this study, pertains to prescription errors and adverse drug reactions.

The study emphasized that most patients who suffer from adverse medical events do not file medical malpractice claims.

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