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Cancer Misdiagnosis Statistics

December3
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Cancer affects millions of families across the United States each year. Research supports the idea that early detection is often the key to achieving the best clinical outcome for most forms of the disease. Unfortunately for many people, diagnosis may...

Fatal Medication Error Leads to $10 Million Jury Award in Baltimore

October3
Medication Error

A fatal medication error that led to the death of a patient being treated by the University of Maryland Medical System resulted in a $10 million jury award. According to court documents, the lawsuit was filed by the family of...

The Dangers of Delayed Diagnosis

May23
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When your health is at stake, a delayed diagnosis can cause irreversible harm. Waiting to diagnose an illness can cause symptoms to worsen, while your condition goes untreated. Preventable complications can arise from a delay in treatment, and can even...

Study Suggests Over 20% of Patients with Serious Conditions are Initially Misdiagnosed

April10
Study Suggests Over 20% of Patients with Serious Conditions are Initially Misdiagnosed

A new study recently published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice suggests that over 20% of patients who obtained a second opinion from a Minnesota clinic were misdiagnosed by their primary physicians. The study, which focused on patients...

Error in DC Lab Tests for Zika Results in Hundreds of Retests, Concerns for Mothers

February28
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In what has made national headlines, the DC public health lab is retesting of hundreds of blood samples after a critical error in laboratory testing procedure was discovered. The error, discovered in fall of last year by newly appointed public...

Patient Permanently Paralyzed Due to Medical Error

November18
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In a recent medical malpractice case in Pennsylvania, a jury awarded over $12 million to a 53 year-old man who was rendered paralyzed due to the failure of emergency room physicians who did not recognize he was suffering from a...

The Risks of Misinterpreted Diagnostic Tests

October13

There are a number of medical errors that can leave a person detrimentally injured and harmed. While some can be minor errors, others can affect a person’s life forever, or in the worst cases, cause death. In some cases, patients...

Are Diagnosis Errors More Common Than We Think

September28
Are Diagnosis Errors More Common Than We Think

According to a study recently released by medical experts, almost every American will be misdiagnosed at least once in their lives. Unfortunately, this can be detrimental to some. While much research has been done regarding medication errors and surgical mistakes,...

Noteworthy Recent Medical Malpractice Opinion from DC Court of Appeals

November18
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By: Michael M. Wilson A noteworthy recent opinion in the D.C. Court of Appeals can be found in Perkins v. Hansen, Case No. 11-CV-1540, decided November 7th, 2013. In this case, Ms. Margie Perkins died of liver failure, and could...

Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack and the Fatal Consequences That Follow

December15

What is the biggest killer in the United States? Heart disease. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), almost a million people have a heart attack each year, and over six hundred thousand people die annually from various types...

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