Archive for the ‘Failure to Diagnose Cancer’ Category

What Every Patient Needs to Know About Lung Cancer Misdiagnoses

Monday, November 8th, 2010

There is no question that the failure to diagnose lung cancer is a serious and potentially fatal mistake, but so too is diagnosing lung cancer that doesn’t exist.

Misdiagnosing an infection or other condition as lung cancer has similar serious and potentially fatal consequences because the patient does not get the treatment needed to fight the true medical condition. 

Further, the patient can be harmed by receiving treatment for lung cancer that doesn’t exist.  For example, the patient may receive chemotherapy or radiation that can have significant long term effects on the patient without providing relief from the medical problem that remains misdiagnosed.

Protecting Yourself From a Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis                                           

There are a couple of ways that you can protect yourself against lung cancer misdiagnoses.  First, make sure that your doctor is up to date on the latest screening tests.  Just last week new guidance was released about the use of CT scans to diagnosis lung cancer early and accurately.  Second, make sure to seek a second opinion to make sure that your diagnosis is accurate.

Finally, if you, or a loved one, have suffered from a lung cancer misdiagnosis then you should consult with a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer.  A medical malpractice attorney cannot undo the harm that has been to do, but may be able to help you and your family recover the financial damages that you need as a result of the wrong diagnosis.

Common Medical Misdiagnoses

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

As part of a recent Patient Safety Advisory issued by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, the Patient Safety Authority looked at studies that identified the most common types of misdiagnoses.

The Patient Safety Authority recognized studies that found:

  • 59% of misdiagnoses in ambulatory care settings are related to the misdiagnosis of cancer;
  • In emergency rooms, the top three conditions that are misdiagnosed are fractures (19%), infections (15%), and myocardial infractions (10%); and
  • Cancer is a commonly misdiagnosed condition across medical settings.

The failure to properly diagnosis cancer or other conditions can have devastating – even fatal – effects.  If you have suffered a medical problem, or lost a loved one, due to the failure to properly diagnosis a condition then please contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer for more information about your rights.

Can a Dentist be Sued for Malpractice?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Many people dislike going to the dentist but most are able to leave the dentist with a cleaner or healthier mouth.  That is – if their dentist exercised a reasonable degree of care in their treatment.  If their dentist did not exercise reasonable care and was negligent then significant complications can arise. (more…)

What You Need to Know About the Failure to Diagnose Pediatric Cancer

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Cancer.  It is a scary diagnosis for anyone and children are not exempt from the horrors of various forms of cancer.  The National Cancer Institute lists cancer as the leading cause of death by disease for children from infancy through age 15.  More than 10,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States.

Despite the somber news, there is some encouraging news for pediatric cancer patients and their families.  The 10 year survival rate for pediatric cancer is about 75% when the cancer is properly diagnosed.

However, when a pediatrician, pediatric oncologist or other physician fails to properly diagnose pediatric cancer it presents a serious risk to the child.  The risk of increasingly harsh and invasive treatments rise as does the risk of death. 

If your child has suffered health problems, or has passed away, due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose pediatric cancer, please contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice doctor for more information about your legal rights.

What Happens When Breast Cancer is Misdiagnosed?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The failure to diagnose breast cancer can be deadly.  Breast cancer, when detected and treated early, often goes into remission.  Breast cancer, that is not properly diagnosed, is often fatal.

Women under age 40 are among the most frequently misdiagnosed, though they are certainly not the only ones to suffer this fate.  The reasons why women under 40 are less likely to be properly diagnosed with breast cancer are because:

  • Breast cancer is more common in older women, making doctors less likely to suspect breast cancer in a younger woman; and
  • Doctors are more likely to dismiss possible symptoms of breast cancer, such as extreme fatigue or pain in the breast, as related to child bearing rather than cancer.

If you have suffered unnecessary treatments, lost time from work and physical pain, or if you have lost a loved one, because of a Pennsylvania doctor’s failure to diagnose breast cancer then you may be entitled to damages for injuries.  Contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer today for more information about your rights.