Let's say that you are treated at a medical facility after suffering some sort of medical emergency. The severity of the medical emergency could be minor in nature, or it could be incredibly serious. But in any case, mistakes are made on the part of the medical professionals involved and you suffer even more than just the symptoms of your medical condition as a result.
A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about diagnostic mistakes and how these particular cases are very problematic not only for the patients, but also for the medical professionals and institutions involved. Diagnosing a medical condition seems like easy work, but as we pointed out in that blog post, it is essentially inevitable that a medical professional or medical institution will make a mistake of some kind while diagnosing a patient.
That question may seem silly. "Obviously the doctor or surgeon that botched the procedure," you may think. However, there are more layers to this question than it appears. First of all, it is important to note that many different people, organizations and medical institutions can be caught up in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In the medical profession, diagnosing a patient’s condition is arguably one of the most common and important parts of providing care. However, from a legal standpoint, it is one of the most problematic areas of the profession. According to a recent study published by the Institute of Medicine, the issues with diagnostic testing can lead to terrible results for patients.