Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis

Patients Are Virtually Guaranteed to Fall Victim to a Diagnostic Error

In May of 2016, Dr. Martin Makary of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine co-authored a study that showed medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Among the most common types of medical mistakes are diagnostic errors – a missed, delayed or incorrect assessment of an illness of injury. [...]

Malpractice Is Not Always Reported to the Proper Authorities

We wrote about an abortion practitioner named Steve Brigham back in October, 2014. Brigham had his license to practice pulled after multiple complaints about his practice and his facilities came to light. Now a new story has come about regarding a 2013 case involving abortionist Dr. Timothy Liveright of Delaware. Liveright surrendered his license after [...]

Ebola Death: Is the Hospital to Blame?

The deadly Ebola virus has made its way to America, and Thomas Eric Duncan has become its first victim. There are a number of news outlets reporting on the death, and CNN has even compiled a list of seven reasons why his case differs from other Ebola cases – and most of those reasons hint [...]

Judge Sees the Justice in Awarding Malpractice Victim Full Amount

We write about tort reform and damage caps quite a bit, and how dangerous – and unfair – they are to medical malpractice victims. Recently, a Milwaukee County judge got it right when he declared that the entire $25.3 million dollar award should go to a woman who lost all four limbs as a result [...]

Patient Awarded $2.3 Million after Surgeon Fails to Treat an Infection

In 2010, a 52 year old man named John Antonucci had an MRI at Hudson Valley Radiology Associations. Part of the process for the MRI involved a routine injection. A few days later at Nyack Hospital, doctors took a culture and released him 25 minutes later. However, two days after that visit Mr. Antonucci was [...]

Chicago Area Doctor Fails to Advise Patient That He Still Had Cancer

One of the more commonly misdiagnosed forms of cancer is bladder cancer. It is particularly insidious because of its high rate of recurrence; patients often require multiple tests and follow-up treatments after the initial course of action. Many patients have surgery to remove the cancerous tumors, but people with an aggressive, invasive form of the [...]

Medical Negligence and HIV Misdiagnoses

Any misdiagnosed disease or condition can be deadly because the conditions are left untreated or receive the wrong treatment. For people who are given a false-negative diagnosis for HIV, the results can be catastrophic: not only might they fail to get the treatments they need, but they could unknowingly and unwillingly infect others with the [...]

Diagnostic Errors Top the List of Large Payouts, Says Johns Hopkins

One of six preventable medical errors are due to a misdiagnosis. Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore conducted research into which medical malpractice claims are awarded the largest sums in payouts, according to an article in Claims Journal. The payouts study was published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, a peer-reviewed journal published by the [...]

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