In South Carolina and all across the country, medical malpractice is a regularly discussed topic. This type of malpractice can be rooted in many different types of negligence. One of the most common types of negligence is misdiagnosis, but just how common is it?
Nearly 20 years ago, a report claimed that almost 100,000 people died every year from hospital errors. A more recent study carried out in 2013, claimed that number had risen to between 200,000 and 400,000. In an article on his website, Dr. Joseph Mercola offers more information.
According to the physician, misdiagnosis is the cause of a large percentage of all hospital errors, and it can have disastrous results. Misdiagnosis can result in wrong treatments, delayed treatments and unnecessary treatments. Additionally, misdiagnosis can affect not only a patient's physical condition but also his or her mental and emotional states.
Unfortunately, Dr. Mercola also believes that many cases of misdiagnosis go unreported. Apparently, there is a culture in hospitals that prevents doctors from admitting their mistakes. When one considers these two pieces of information, it is easy to believe that misdiagnosis is to blame for more injuries than one might initially suspect.
If you have suffered, whether physically, mentally or emotionally, due to a misdiagnosis, you may be eligible to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit in South Carolina. As these types of cases are legally complex, you may find the help of an attorney especially valuable. Your attorney can work with you and a network of medical professionals to establish proof of negligence to use on your behalf.