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Journal Article

Systematic review of malpractice litigation in the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke

Haslett JJ, Genadry L, Zhang X, et al. Stroke. 2019;50:2858-2864.

Delayed diagnosis and treatment are common patient safety issues with significant adverse outcomes for patients. Analyzing nearly 300 medical malpractice cases related to acute care of stroke patients, this review found that the majority of malpractice lawsuits alleged failure of timely diagnosis and treatment. The majority of cases resulted in no payout, but those that did result in payout saw an average settlement in excess of $1.8 million in settlements and $9.7 million in plaintiff verdicts.