A patient's widow asserts that the clinician should have checked hospital records taken prior to admission.
Clinicians assume symptoms in a patient who regularly presents intoxicated are due to alcohol.
A clinician misdiagnoses thyroid cancer as acid reflux in a patient who often comes to the clinic.
After a major car accident, two providers disclose a patient's health information to his employer.
A patient dies after a clinician treats a patient for diarrhea and omits further examination.
A clinician misses a fatal pulmonary embolism in a patient known to make minor complaints.
A patient overdoses when communication breaks down between clinicians.
Serious complications follow a decision not to hospitalize a patient.
A clinician fails to urgently obtain a neurologic referral for a baby with developmental delays.
Providers have been concerned that quality metrics, such as those mandated by the Affordable Care Act, pose unintended legal risks for health-care practitioners.