Thyroid disorders or conditions affect as many as 20 million people in the United States, but more than half of those affected are not aware they have a thyroid problem. Twelve percent of the population will be affected by a thyroid disorder or condition at some point in their lives. January is National Thyroid Awareness Month.
Complications can arise in the diagnosis or treatment of thyroid disorders or conditions. Treatment options for thyroid disorders and conditions include medication, hormone replacement, and surgery, all of which present risks. Studies indicate that complications related to thyroid surgery are less likely to occur if the surgeon performs at least 25 of these surgeries per year.
Injuries related to the diagnosis or treatment of thyroid disorders or conditions may give rise to medical malpractice or negligence claims, which can result in high settlements and awards. Attorneys, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, and others at risk for liability should be aware of the types of litigation issues that may arise in connection with a thyroid-related injury.