What's one of the first things that patients do after receiving a serious diagnosis? For most patients, treatments start right away. However, not all diagnoses are correct. California patients who have been misdiagnosed must live with the aftermath of either not receiving treatment at all or receiving the wrong treatment; additionally, they most-assuredly experience a significant delay in getting the correct care for their illnesses. This type of medical malpractice can wreak havoc on victims' physical and mental well-being.
In 2015, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued a report that urged medical professionals to improve their diagnostic practices. The report went on to explain that the vast majority of individuals will be the victim of least one error in diagnosis at some point in their lifetimes. Some of those diagnostic errors have serious consequences, and the report included evidence from autopsies that indicate these types of mistakes account for approximately 10 percent of deaths in patients receiving care. Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed illnesses include heart failure, cancer, pneumonia and general infections.