Maryland residents likely know that when physicians do not provide appropriate care, the patient might suffer consequences. There are reasons this happens, including giving a patient the wrong medication, not providing the proper treatment or not telling the patient risks associated with medication or procedures. More than one-half of malpractice cases involve misdiagnosis, and the most common conditions are heart conditions and cancer. Up to 48 percent of such cases end in death.
A failure to diagnose a cardiac condition may have serious consequences. In addition, signs and symptoms of cardiac problems may be present before a myocardial infarction happens. If they are not recognized, a serious MI may result.