According to new data that has been published, about 20 percent of people who have a serious medical condition are misdiagnosed first by their primary care physician. It requires a specialist to identify the misdiagnosis in these cases. Everyone else either receives a partially, mostly, or wholly correct diagnosis.

But this is just one piece of information about diagnosing patients. According to a report in 2015 from the National Academy of Medicine, about 12 million people are misdiagnosed annually. That’s roughly 5 percent of the patient population that seeks outpatient care. Misdiagnoses are a major problem in the medical field, and since patients are rarely medical professionals themselves, they would never know when they are begin misdiagnosed.

We all trust our doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to know their stuff. But even they make mistakes sometimes. They aren’t perfect, and while that’s understandable on a human level, it is still our health that is at risk when they make a mistake. If you have been harmed at the hands of a doctor or medical professional and you believe that it was caused because of malpractice, then you should consult with an attorney.

The attorneys at Mitchell & Shaprio have extensive experience with medical malpractice cases. Whether you have been misdiagnosed, injured because of a botched medical procedure, or adversely affected due to a surgical error, we can help with your case. The pain and suffering that you endure because of medical malpractice should not be in vain. A medical malpractice lawsuit can hold the accused responsible and provide you with the compensation you need to deal with the aftermath.