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Possible causes for diagnostic errors

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

Individuals who visit a medical facility for treatment may expect doctors to be capable of accurately diagnosing their conditions. After all, a correct diagnosis may prove integral to determining the proper path of care. Unfortunately, studies indicate that there are a variety of issues that may lead to a greater risk of diagnostic errors and similar forms of negligence continue to affect the lives of many individuals in New York. 

The reasons 

According to experts, there are various scenarios in which diagnostic errors might occur. There may be a greater risk that a diagnosis might prove inaccurate or incomplete if medical professionals are in a rush and overlook factors that are relevant to the situation. Improper testing procedures and failure to read and interpret test results are two other concerns that might affect the diagnostic process. 

Failure to thoroughly review a patient’s medical history may also prompt a detrimental outcome. Issues in the recording and organizing of patient files can also create confusion and cause doctors to miss vital details. In some cases, diagnostic errors could also stem from a lack of effective communication between different medical departments when relaying information on testing and imaging procedures. 

Medical negligence 

This may only be a brief list of reasons why diagnostic errors continue to be a major concern. Similar issues can lead to delays in treatment or improper paths of care that could pose a significant threat to the well-being of a patient. Individuals in New York who suffer severe or permanent harm due to the presence of medical negligence might choose to consult with an attorney for advice on their available legal avenues and assistance in preparing to pursue the compensation entitled via a medical malpractice claim.