Medical professionals who work in Ohio hospital emergency departments face high pressure when diagnosing patients. They typically see people during a crisis, and they might not know much about the medical history of patients prior to seeing them. This sometimes disrupts their ability to accurately assess medical problems. A study of over 1,300 closed malpractice insurance claims over five years by an insurance company identified the initial history and physical evaluation stage of care as the source of 44% of the insurance claims.
There are many people in Ohio who may be experiencing a burning sensation in their mouth. If they go to their doctor, though, there is a chance that their condition may be misdiagnosed as burning mouth syndrome. BMS is a condition affecting anywhere from 4% to 10% of the population, and no one knows for certain what causes it. Some say the cause is a nerve disorder. But BMS shares symptoms with other conditions, which explains the misdiagnoses.
One of the most challenging elements of a medical malpractice claim is proving causation. Malpractice laws in Ohio say that plaintiffs must prove two things: that the defendant did not adhere to a generally accepted standard of medical care, and that this negligence led to the injuries in question. It is that second step that can make or break a case.
Lewy body dementia can be confused with the dementia that results from Alzheimer's disease. In fact, a recent survey from the Lewy Body Dementia Association found that 80% of participants with LBD were misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer's. These patients had to see an average of three doctors before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Ohio residents may want to hear about the experiences of one patient advocate who was similarly misdiagnosed.
Schizophrenia is a chronic and debilitating mental illness, but a study published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice suggests that many of the patients in Ohio and around the country who are told that they suffer from it are misdiagnosed. After studying the case histories of 58 patients who were told by their general practitioner's that they suffer from schizophrenia, researchers from Maryland's Johns Hopkins University found that 26 of them were only suffering from either a mood disorder or anxiety.