A recent study conducted by the Doctors Company found that misdiagnosis is the main reason for medical malpractice lawsuits involving children. The study involved over 1,200 claims filed on behalf of pediatric patients from 2008 to 2017, drawing from physicians in over 50 specialties and subspecialties. Obstetricians were named in the highest percentage of malpractice cases while brain injuries accounted for the highest percentage of claims for age groups of all children. Read on to learn more about medical malpractice claims involving children.
The Difficulty of Diagnosis
According to the study, diagnosis-related allegations were the most common in all groups of children except for newborns. Accurately diagnosing a pediatric patient can be challenging, because symptoms may not be specific to a certain condition. Younger children may not be able to articulate pain or symptoms and parents may fail to share critical details about the child’s condition. Physicians must consider numerous factors to eliminate any ambiguity when diagnosing a child.
Avoiding Errors and Medical Malpractice Claims
Diagnosing children may be difficult, but there are several steps that physicians can take to avoid medical errors and malpractice claims. First, physicians can keep thorough and detailed records of the patient’s activity. Everything from lab tests to medication orders should be documented. Without thorough documentation, physicians can miss key details of the patient’s case. Second, physicians should communicate clearly with staff, parents, and their patients. It’s important for doctors to be prepared for questions or concerns raised by patient’s caregivers, and to communicate responses effectively. Lastly, hospitals and other medical facilities should do their due diligence by training physicians on an array of possible medical conditions. Preparedness is the best way to avoid errors and medical malpractice claims.
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