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March 2018 Archives

Misdiagnosis persists as leading cause of malpractice cases

People in Arizona rely on medical professionals to diagnose their problems accurately, but diagnostic errors represent the top cause of medical malpractice claims. A study conducted by a provider of malpractice services looked at over 10,600 medical malpractice claims between 2013 and 2017. The data analysis revealed that 33 percent of cases arose from diagnostic mistakes.

Financial damages high when misdiagnosis leads to wrongful birth

Many people in Arizona put a great deal of thought into the decision to have a baby, and medical information sometimes plays an important role in this decision. The term "wrongful birth" describes a birth that parents would not have wanted if they had received accurate medical information. Legal liability to pay for long-term care related to birth defects could emerge if a physician fails to fulfill the duty to educate parents about a pregnancy's risks and complications.

Medication errors, and their most common factors

Residents of Arizona who rely on medication to address a condition may be concerned about the prevalence of medication errors. A 2016 study from Johns Hopkins University has found that more than 250,000 Americans die from medication errors every year. Despite the fact that digital technology simplifies the record-keeping process, healthcare professionals are liable to make errors, all of which are preventable.

State medical boards fail to consult problem doctor database

State medical boards in Arizona and across the country have access to a federal database that tracks actions taken against doctors. However, few state medical boards take advantage of the database maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to record malpractice payments and medical board disciplinary action.

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