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Common doctor errors in New York

Despite advances in modern medicine, including sophisticated diagnostic machines and instruments, doctors in New York and around the country still make errors because they are human. Unfortunately, when a mistake is made, a patient may suffer significant harm or even die as a result.

The most common type of error is a misdiagnosis, and an estimated 15 percent of all cases are misdiagnosed. Approximately 160,000 hospitalized patients are seriously injured or die due to being misdiagnosed or diagnosed late every year.

Other common mistakes include treating the wrong patient or giving the wrong medication. Both can happen when medical staff do not correctly identify a patient or write down the wrong dosage of medication. Doctors sometimes also prescribe a medication that a person is allergic to or that will interact with others the patient is already taking. Performing surgery on the wrong side of the body is horrific but occurs far too often. Some patients take the step to mark the side on their body that requires surgery with a marker. Leaving surgical instruments inside of the body after surgery also happens in some cases, as does allowing air bubbles to enter into the blood by not properly closing up an incision after a surgery.

Doctor errors are far too common, and most are preventable. A person who has suffered serious injury due to a doctor's mistake may want to speak with an attorney and discuss the advisability of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in order to be compensated for their losses. Damages that are sought may include medical expenses, lost current and future income and, in some cases, pain and suffering.

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