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Medical misdiagnosis stats that might surprise you in Illinois

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2023 | Accidents & Incidents

Some medical mishaps in Illinois may have no adverse effects. Other times, they result in severe health problems that can be long-lasting and might even end in death.

It happens more often than you’d think

Physicians misdiagnosing their patients is still a widespread problem in healthcare that happens more frequently than you might realize. Whether you know someone who has suffered because of a misdiagnosis or it has happened to you, these are some statistics about the pervasive medical malpractice issue that everyone should be aware of.

12 million people in the United States are victims of medical misdiagnoses annually. The most recent estimations show that anywhere between 40,000 and 80,000 people die because of a diagnostic error every year in the U.S. For women and people in minority groups, there’s a 20 to 30 percent probability that they’ll receive an errant cancer diagnosis at some point

Late, incorrect and failed diagnoses

A healthcare provider’s determination may be classified as a misdiagnosis if it comes too late, is incorrect or if the provider failed to give any diagnosis at all. An incorrect diagnosis often leads to the patient undergoing therapy that they don’t need, which might cause more harm than good.

A failed diagnosis means the patient might miss out on effective therapy and treatment. Similarly, a patient might not begin therapy with a late diagnosis until the situation worsens.

When someone has been misdiagnosed, a physician failed to notice a condition or disease, didn’t notice until it was too late or provided an incorrect diagnosis. The injuries resulting from a misdiagnosis can significantly negatively impact a patient’s quality of life.