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Swift action is needed in Kentucky medical malpractice cases

Anyone who has suffered harm at the hands of a medical professional has likely wondered at some point if he or she has a claim for medical malpractice. While it isn’t the answer that most people would want, the truth is that not all bad outcomes of medical care would qualify as medical malpractice. Another fact that might shock people…

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Danger of failure to diagnose cancer in transplant recipients

When many people hear the word cancer, they think of a death sentence. The truth of the matter is that many forms of cancer can be successfully treated. The survival rate for 5 years for all forms of cancers is at about 66 percent. For breast, thyroid and prostate cancer, that rate is greater than 90 percent. One of the…

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Failure to diagnose cancer before morcellation can be devastating

Hundreds of thousands of women will need to have myomectomies and hysterectomies, but the method used to complete these procedures can have a lasting effect on the woman’s health. When most people think about these surgeries, they think of lengthy recovery times; however, some women were surprised to learn that laparoscopic surgery is sometimes possible for these procedures. That possibility…

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What is failure to diagnose?

While most doctors do their best to ensure their patients are well taken care of and diagnosed and treated properly, there are also many cases every year where doctors either misdiagnose patients or fail to diagnose the condition at all. Failing to diagnose a condition in a timely manner can mean that the treatment process is complicated once the diagnosis…

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Acardiac twins: Failure to diagnose can lead to devastation

In our previous two blog posts, we discussed how fetal distress and meconium aspiration syndrome can affect your newborn baby. While those topics might seem scary to some of our Kentucky readers, there are other issues that pregnant women might face. One of those issues is the possibility of having an undiagnosed pregnancy complication. In this post, we will discuss…

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Failure to diagnose medical conditions deserves action

Last week we discussed a case in which a man was misdiagnosed with HIV when he didn’t actually have the virus. The man opted to seek compensation for the misdiagnosis, but the case was thrown out because of the statute of limitations in Kentucky for medical malpractice cases. That post might have some people wondering about what constitutes a failure…

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Medical misdiagnosis case dismissed, statute of limitations cited

Getting a diagnosis of HIV is devastating for almost any patient. Learning to live with the diagnosis often takes time. Letting your family members know about the diagnosis is another hurdle that patients with HIV have to cross. Now, imagine that you were wrongfully diagnosed with HIV. Can you imagine the feelings that would overtake you when you find out…

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Jury finds for complainant in failure to diagnose case

When someone is injured because of the negligence of a medical professional, he or she has the option to seek compensation. This means going to court to file the claim for compensation. While some claims are settled out of court, others go before a jury. When a jury makes an award determination, the complainant might feel some sense of relief.…

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Failure to diagnose cancer leads to death, jury issues award

When people begin to exhibit signs of an illness, they might seek treatment for those symptoms. There is a general expectation that doctors will diagnose the cause of the symptoms and treat the cause accordingly. In a perfect world, that series of events would occur whenever someone needs medical care. We don’t, however, live in a perfect world and medical…

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Rodriguez drops failure to diagnose lawsuit, focusing on baseball

Playing professional sports is a career that can easily lead to serious injuries. For that reason, players put their trust in team doctors and other medical facilities to diagnose and treat any injuries suffered during the course of play. Kentucky residents who are Yankees fans might be interested in learning about the latest development in Alex Rodriguez’ medical malpractice lawsuit…

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Failure to diagnose cancer leads to $5.2 million award for woman

For patients who have cancer, an early diagnosis and rapid treatment can often give them the best chance at beating the disease. When there is a failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner, the chance of successful treatment, survival and remission are all reduced. Kentucky residents might be interested to read a story that shows how important prompt diagnosis…

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Medical misdiagnosis is a serious problem in outpatient settings

Medical misdiagnosis is a big problem in the United States. A current report in BMJ Quality & Safety shows that one out of 20 adults might not receive a proper medical diagnosis. In about half of those incidents of misdiagnosis, the patient might suffer serious harm as a result. This means that approximately 5 percent of outpatient diagnoses are incorrect.…

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