New York Personal Injury Attorneys Kenneth A. Wilhelm, of the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm, comments on medical misdiagnosis, which accounts for the costliest type of medical malpractice.
Mistakes and errors are made in every profession. However, mistakes in certain lines of professions, such as medicine, can lead to serious injuries and death. More specifically, according to an article on MedPageToday.com, mistakes and errors made in the diagnosis of patients account for an alarming rate of injuries and death, as well as the costliest type of medical malpractice claims.
The article further noted that 28 percent of all medical malpractice claims paid out in the past 25 years were due to some type of misdiagnosis of patients. Additionally, it was noted that these types of medical errors were more prevalent than other types of medical errors, including both treatment and surgical errors.
According to the article, misdiagnosis of patients has resulted in approximately 60,000 deaths and cost more than $38 billion in medical malpractice payouts in the past 25 years. Even more alarming is the fact that in 40 percent of these cases, it resulted in the patient's death.
"While patient misdiagnosis is the most prevalent type of medical malpractice, regardless of what type of medical error caused your injuries, you may be entitled to monetary compensation," said Kenneth Wilhelm, owner of the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "And since any steps you take following the incident can significantly impact your claim, it is imperative that you know what to do if you are further injured due to medical errors or mistakes."
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