The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 15 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, and that chronic lower respiratory disease, which primarily includes COPD, was the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Twenty-five percent of COPD patients, however, have never smoked.
Failure or delays in diagnosing COPD, as well as misdiagnoses of COPD and mistakes in treating COPD, can lead to litigation.
Attorneys, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to the litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and liability issues that arise in connection with the diagnosis and treatment of COPD.