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Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Michigan medical malpractice lawyers representing victims of medical negligence discuss new study that reveals death increase from misdiagnosis in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in U.S. hospitals.
Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) October 08, 2012
The Michigan medical malpractice lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently came across a new study done by John Hopkins University School of Medicine that revealed an increase in death of hospital patients caused from misdiagnosis in the Intensive Care Unit. The study reveals that as many as 40,500 U.S. hospital patients die due to diagnostic errors in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). In fact, when compared with adult hospital patients overall, individuals in the ICU face up to a twofold risk of suffering a potentially fatal diagnostic mistake.
According to this study, the most commonly missed medical conditions in the intensive care unit included heart attack, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, and infections. Cumulatively, these four conditions accounted for about one-third of all illnesses hospitals failed to diagnose.
A misdiagnosis in the Intensive Care Unit can lead to a delay in a necessary treatment and this may result in significant injury or harm to a patient. In many instances, misdiagnosis in the intensive care unit has resulted in death of a patient. In fact, the study revealed that deaths from misdiagnosis in the ICU may account for as many annual deaths as breast cancer.
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Michigan medical malpractice lawyers is currently representing several patients and their families who suffer injuries or have died due to a misdiagnosis in the ICU in a Michigan hospital.
Misdiagnosis in the ICU by a doctor or hospital is considered medical malpractice. Medical malpractice, often called medical negligence, is the term used to describe a wrong committed by a doctor, surgeon, hospital, or other medical professional who caused them bodily harm. Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider improperly treats a patient or performs treatment in a negligent manner and the result of this inadequate and inappropriate care causes significant permanent injuries or even death to the patient. When this happens, the patient or the patient’s family may have means to file a Michigan medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent doctor, surgeon, nurse, or hospital.
In a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging the misdiagnosis of a patient, the patient must not only prove that medical malpractice or a misdiagnosis has taken place, but also that a proper and timely diagnosis would have resulted in a better medical outcome for the patient. That is, with a proper diagnosis, the patient could have received appropriate treatment and avoided additional injury. Expert testimony is required to prove this part of the case.
“While hospital critical care units are renowned for their life-saving efforts, individuals should be aware of the growing recognition of the potential hazards involved in hospital ICU’s, with a particular focus on hospital-caused infections and misdiagnosis. Hopkins has been a leader in patient safety efforts nationwide, and hopefully, with their efforts hospitals will point towards new strategies for preventing misdiagnosis in the Intensive Care Unit,” says Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Firm Partner and Attorney Daniel Buckfire.
About: Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is a Michigan personal injury law firm that represents families of patients who have died or suffered serious injuries due to a misdiagnosis while in the intensive care unit in a hospital. The law firm has a team of experienced attorneys that specialize in medical malpractice and have a reputation and track record for obtaining sizeable settlements for their injured clients and families. At Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., the Michigan medical malpractice lawyers will obtain all of the medical records, personally review them, and consult the case with a board certified physician.
For a free legal medical malpractice consultation call 800-606-1717 or visit the law firm website at http://www.BuckfireLaw.com
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