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Most Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Claims Caused by Misdiagnoses


A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine showed that a huge number of medical malpractice claims filed in Massachusetts are caused by misdiagnosis. Researchers examined resolved claims data from two insurance carriers in Massachusetts from 2005 to 2009.

Out of 7,224 medical malpractice claims during the five-year timeframe, 551 were from primary care practices constituting of failures in diagnosis (397 cases, 72.1%); medication (68 cases, 12.3%); other medical treatment (41 cases, 7.4%): communication (15 cases, 2.4%); patients’ rights (11 cases, 2%); and patient safety and security (eight cases, 1.5%).

The study also showed that primary care malpractice cases generate more settlements or results for the plaintiff than non-general medical malpractice claims.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by a medical professional’s negligence, you may consider taking legal action. Our attorneys at Crowe & Harris, LLP  in Massachusetts are prepared to handle your case professionally and with care. Please call (617) 404-3417 to discuss your case today.

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