Medical Malpractice Facts and Fiction

The Institute of Medicine estimates that, on average, 98,000 people die
because of medical errors, while extensive amounts of people are injured because of it. Under U.S. laws, those injured or killed because of inaction or negligence can file for compensation. However, recent studies show that while the number of medical malpractice suits are going down, medical errors are actually increasing. One reason many fail to file a claim against a doctor or hospital is that they are misinformed. At Hampton & King, we want you to be
informed of the facts and fiction surrounding such a debated topic.
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What are the Most Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions?

When we visit the doctor’s office, we expect them to know what our
conditions represent. If we experience a lump in our body parts, have
a rash on our skin, or feel a strange soreness in our joints, the doctors
are responsible for taking the time to understand the symptoms and properly
diagnose them. Unfortunately, physicians and medical practitioners often
incorrectly identify illnesses, leading to further injury. Reports suggest
an average of 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed a year. Some of the
most commonly misdiagnosed conditions can prove life threatening.
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Why Heart Attacks Are So Commonly Misdiagnosed in Women

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National
Center for Health Statistics, an average of 50,000 women die of heart
attacks a year in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause
of death in women, as well. Given these two facts, one would believe more
doctors would be careful with diagnosing women with heart attack symptoms.
Unfortunately, that is not the case.
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How to Differentiate Between Adverse Events and Malpractice

Undergoing any major medical procedure can be intimidating. There are inherent risks with some surgeries or treatments that doctors cannot eliminate. They will still recommend the procedures if they believe it is the only solution. Similarly, taking pharmaceutical drugs can also have side effects that are not pleasant. Many individuals believe that because they endured pain and suffering after a surgery or after ingesting medicine, they have grounds for suing. However, it is not that simple.
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4 “Never Events” That Could Give Rise to Medical Malpractice Claims

When you walk into a hospital, you expect the physicians and doctors to
be well trained and know the proper procedures. You place your trust in
them, expecting them to know how to best care for your health. Doctors
need to go through extensive schooling and training before they can help
patients.
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Resolve to Seek the Compensation You Deserve

In the blink of an eye, the New Year is here. This is usually a time for
reflection and anticipation. As we say goodbye to another year, we eagerly
welcome a new one. Most people usually take this moment to make New Year’s
resolutions to get them through the year. Unfortunately, for those who
have been injured by medical malpractice or birth injuries, they do not
have the same luxury.
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