Diagnostic-related issues are the main reason cardiologists are sued and the top cause of patient injury, according to The Doctors Company’s study of 429 cardiology claims that closed from 2007-2013. The study showed that the most common allegation made by patients was diagnosis-related. In 25 percent of claims, patients alleged failure to diagnose, delay in diagnosis, or wrong diagnosis.
The practice of cardiology has underlying vulnerabilities that can put patients at risk of injury and can increase liability for cardiologists and other doctors who treat heart patients. Watch the video to see the key highlights of the study’s findings, and download the infographic for information on the most common patient safety risks.
The majority of physicians, including cardiologists, will face a malpractice claim at some point in their career. In this video, Darlene M. Go, MD, a cardiologist, speaks about a claim she faced and how the support of her insurer, her attorney, and expert witnesses helped her win her case.
The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.