Do you ever feel like your doctor simply doesn't listen to you when you're trying to explain what's wrong? If so, here are a few tips you can use to get better results.
The parents of a young pediatrician who died nearly three years ago of a brain hemorrhage have settled a malpractice suit against the medical center that she worked for. The settlement came just a few days after the trial began.
Heart disease is the greatest killer of women in this country. More women die from heart disease than all cancers combined. As we near the end of American Heart Month, this is a good time to discuss the continued misdiagnosis of heart disease and heart attacks in women. This misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose heart problems in women too often proves fatal.
One of the keys to receiving the medical treatment you need in a timely manner is getting the proper tests and having those tests read accurately. This includes X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds as well as tests like mammograms, EKGs, angiograms, biopsies and blood tests. With some diseases, such as cancer, a delayed diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death.
A failure to diagnose an ailment correctly puts the patient's life and health at great risk. While no one is infallible, medical personnel have a duty to practice medicine in as safe a manner as possible. This means remaining up-to-date with illnesses, conditions, treatments and diagnostic tools.
The first step in successfully treating a patient for cancer or other serious illnesses is acquiring a correct diagnosis. In most cases, patients can trust their physicians to take all steps necessary to acquire this diagnosis and then create an appropriate treatment plan. However, failure to diagnose medical conditions do still happen. In fact, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose accurately is one of the most common reasons patients turn to medical malpractice litigation.
Several of our recent posts have been focused on the debate over "tort reform," specifically as it applies to medical malpractice lawsuits. The common argument made by tort reform proponents was that doctors were ordering expensive and unnecessary tests because they feared being sued for medical malpractice if they missed something or made a mistake. The practice is referred to as "defensive medicine."
When it comes to cancer, time is often of the essence, as it is a disease that spreads—slowly, in some cases, but very quickly in others—from one part of the body to the next. For example, cancer could start in the lymph nodes of the neck, but, if untreated, it could then move through the network of lymph nodes in the body. This ability to spread is what makes lymphoma—the type of cancer that attacks the lymph nodes—so dangerous.
For serious medical problems, timely treatment has perhaps the greatest effect on patient outcomes. If detected and treated as early as possible, several of the most common killers – heart attack, stroke and cancer – are survivable. But misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are common medical errors that result in too many preventable deaths.
New Jersey residents may be familiar with case of a young girl who passed away because of a failure to diagnose properly. The family of the young girl claims that the doctor diagnosed the child with flu when she actually had pneumonia. The failure to diagnose the correct illness ultimately led to the girl's death, leading to a wrongful death suit filed by the family.