Recently, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine identified the five most common reasons why internists are sued for medical malpractice in the United States. Researchers studied approximately a quarter million (250,000) medical malpractice cases closed against primary care doctors between 1985 and 2009.
Here Is What They Found
According to the researchers, the five most common reasons for internist medical malpractice lawsuits include harm caused by:
- A failure to properly diagnose the primary medical condition of the patient.
- A breach of care that did not involve the administration of medicine. This included things such as failure to obtain informed consent and equipment malfunctions.
- Errors performing a procedure.
- Failure to properly monitor and supervise subordinates such as nurses and residents.
- An incorrect prescription or a mistake in the administration of a medication.
This list is not comprehensive. There are other potentially serious and fatal causes of medical malpractice that can occur.
What to Do If Your Loved One Died Due to Internist Negligence
Whether your loved one died after seeing in an internist in Highlands, Germantown, or elsewhere in Louisville it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer. The majority of medical malpractice claims filed against internists in this study were closed without payment. However, that does not have to happen to you.
If your loved one died because of an internist’s negligence then you deserve to know your legal rights and to protect your possible recovery. Please use the Chat Now feature on this website to contact us today and please follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay connected with us during this difficult time.