Doctors Will Misdiagnose Most Of Us In Our Lifetime, National Study Finds

View all news posts

Most Americans will suffer from a wrong medical diagnosis from a doctor at least once in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences, according to sober findings in a just-released national study.

In fact, doctors across America are misdiagnosing as many as 12 million adults who seek outpatient care each year, according to the report from the Institute of Medicine, the health branch of the National Academy of Sciences. And, the study found that those errors will likely worsen in part because the diagnostic process and the delivery of health care is becoming ever more complex.

"Despite the pervasiveness of diagnostic error and the risk for patient harm, they have been largely unappreciated within the quality safety movement in health care and this cannot and must not continue," said Victor Dzau, M.D., the president of the National Academy of Medicine.

The report also found that diagnostic errors accounted for as many as 17 percent of adverse events in hospitals, and contributed to 10 percent of patient deaths in cases in which postmortem exams were performed. The report also noted that getting a true reading on the problem is tough because the number of autopsies – a key component in determining errors—has declined dramatically over the years.

The report pinpointed several common causes of diagnostic errors. They include: poor communications among doctors, patients and their families; limited feedback to physicians regarding the accuracy of the diagnoses; and a culture within the medical community that discourages the disclosure of errors. That, the report stressed, impedes the learning process and limits the reduction of such errors.

Ross Feller Casey is among the nation’s leading law firms handling personal injury lawsuits involving medical malpractice and medical misdiagnosis cases. The firm represents clients in all types of medical negligence cases, and has won record-setting victories on behalf of its clients.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a doctor’s error, we can help, but your time may be limited. You should contact one of our leading medical malpractice lawyers now for a free consultation. The firm operates on a contingency basis, so there will never be a charge until a recovery is made in your case.

Learn more about Medical Malpractice.

Disclaimer - Ross Feller Casey, LLP provides legal advice only after an attorney-client relationship is formed. Our website is an introduction to the firm and does not create a relationship between our attorneys and clients. An attorney-client relationship is formed only after a written agreement is signed by the client and the firm. Because every case is unique, the description of awards and summary of cases successfully handled are not intended to imply or guarantee that same success in other cases. Ross Feller Casey, LLP represents catastrophically injured persons and their families in injury and wrongful death cases, providing legal representation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


  • NBC
  • CNN
  • ABC
  • CBS
  • AP
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer

Contact us for an initial consultation

If you would like a member of our staff to contact you for a free initial consultation on your case, please complete this form, or call us toll-free at 215-515-4401.

Please include your name
Please include a valid email
Please include your phone number
Please include a message
Ross Feller Casey, LLP One Liberty Place 1650 Market St, 34th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103

This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

Because every case is different, the description of awards and cases previously handled do not guarantee a similar outcome in current or future cases.

Copyright © 2018 Ross Feller Casey, LLP. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy