Neurology medical experts specialize in disorders of the central nervous system. Neurologists treat a range of diseases including epilepsy, movement disorders, headaches, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy, infections such as meningitis and encephalitis, as well numerous other disorders of the nervous system. Neurology expert witnesses examine medical records and testify on the medical standard of care in the treatment of strokes, seizures, and other acute neurological syndromes.
Misdiagnosis is the leading type of paid medical malpractice claims. Diagnostic errors can be harmful to patients as they may lead to delays in treatment, lack of treatment, inappropriate, or unnecessary treatment.
In Diagnostic Error in Patients With Neurologic Symptoms, Andrew N. Wilner, MD, writes:
Diagnostic errors are a major concern of both patients and physicians. In a recent survey, more than one half of patients said they were very concerned about being diagnosed properly when they see a physician in an outpatient setting. In addition, physicians consistently report encountering diagnostic errors. Moreover, compared with all safety concerns inherent to patient care, physicians worry that diagnostic errors are most likely to cause serious harm or death. Malpractice claims bear these findings out: A failure to diagnose properly or a delay in diagnosis are the most common complaints in these claims.
Misdiagnosis in patients with neurologic symptoms may result in ineffective and potentially toxic treatment. For example, misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis subjects patients to the adverse effects of disease-modifying agents with no chance of benefit. Misdiagnosis of epilepsy exposes patients to the risks of antiepileptic drugs, as well as loss of a driving license and perhaps even their job. In addition, misdiagnosis fails to address symptoms, delays appropriate therapy, and may engender a worse prognosis. Finally, misdiagnosis results in unnecessary dollar costs to patients and the healthcare system. (Medscape, October 31, 2016)
Medical malpractice claims may arise from misdiagnosis in a doctor visit, hospital setting, the wrong interpretation of X-rays, CT scans and MRIs, etc. The neurology expert witness is accomplished in analyzing medical records and presenting unbiased testimony to the court. Contact Elite Medical Experts to be assured a top-tier medical professional for your case.