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Serious Malpractice Claims Due to Diagnostic Error

Key clinical A third of medical malpractice cases associated with patient death or permanent disability result from diagnostic errors by health providers.

Major finding: Of high-severity claims, 34% stemmed from inaccurate or delayed diagnosis.

Study details: A review of malpractice claims between 2006 and 2015 from medical liability insurer CRICO’s Comparative Benchmarking System database,

Disclosures: Dr. Newman-Toker reports that he acts as a consultant for plaintiffs and defendants in cases related to diagnostic error.


Newman-Toker DE et al. Diagnosis 2019 Jul 11. doi. org/10.1515/dx-2019-0019.