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Failure to diagnose infection caused serious problems for man

For people who are in pain, injections are sometimes the only thing they can find that helps to alleviate their pain. While most people can count on doctors to perform these injections properly, other people have doctors who don’t follow proper protocol. One recent jury award in a medical malpractice lawsuit brings the issue of the risks of pain injections into the limelight. The medical malpractice lawsuit has to do

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Failure to diagnose and treatment alleged by Alex Rodriguez

Having to deal with any type of legal matter is often difficult for celebrities. The desire of fans to know what is going on with their favorite people often means that the celebrities have little privacy. For baseball player Alex Rodriguez, the desire to keep private matters private might not be a choice he can make when it comes to the medical malpractice lawsuit he filed against the Yankees team

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Vitamin B12 deficiency may cause neurological symptoms

Kentucky patients may be interested to learn that many doctors and other members of the medical community have largely ignored cobalamin, or vitamin B12, deficiency as a potential diagnosis for certain neurological symptoms. While this may not seem like a big deal, current studies indicate that at least 48 million Americans may suffer from B12 deficiency. For example, contemporary studies indicate that B12 deficiency could cause dementia, anemia, bone marrow

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Overdiagnosis common, experts say

With the advances in medical imaging technology that many patients in Kentucky and across the nation have access to, it is not difficult to find any abnormality in the body. However, according to experts, all people have some abnormalities, but few of them are actually dangerous. When abnormalities are found, doctors and patients naturally want to take action, but sometimes, the treatment is more harmful to the patient than the

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UTMC pays $499K for misdiagnosis

The University of Toledo Medical Center has reached an agreement in a lawsuit filed by a patient for medical malpractice. Specifically, the patient alleged that the hospital’s failure to diagnose his brain bleed led to a stroke. The hospital has agreed to pay $499,900 to the patient to settle his claim. The settlement agreement has been approved by the courts. The plaintiff claimed he was a patient at the hospital

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Prisons pay $350K for medical negligence

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, which oversees the state’s prisons, has agreed to a $350,000 settlement for a claim made by a former inmate for failure to diagnose a herniation of his spine. The victim was incarcerated at the Belmont Correctional Institution in 2008 when he visited the prison’s physician for numbness of his left leg and weakness in his left hand. At the time, the prison physician

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Study shows that mammograms may lead to misdiagnoses

A new study shows that as many as one-third of all tumors revealed by mammograms may be benign, and focus on mammography may have resulted in the overdiagnosis of breast cancer in more than a million women in the past 30 years. However, avoiding mammograms may lead to failure to diagnose malignant cancers as well. The study purports that rising breast cancer survival rates are more likely due to improvements

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The failure to diagnose cancer in young adults

Unfortunately, even obvious symptoms can be missed by physicians. For this reason, patients from Ohio and Kentucky can always use a second opinion if they suspect something is being missed or misdiagnosed. One illness that is increasingly being misdiagnosed among patients under the age of 50 is cancer – in particular colorectal cancer. Rates of colorectal cancer have been on the rise for individuals under fifty. This comes about in

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Failure to diagnose and statutes of limitations

It should never be assumed that patients will prevail in every medical malpractice action. Such lawsuits are complex, and trying such a case often requires an attorney to jump over a number of legal hurdles. In a neighboring state of Ohio and Kentucky, a lawsuit concerning the failure to diagnose a case of malignant melanoma was dismissed by that state’s Supreme Court because the plaintiffs did not bring a lawsuit

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A failure to diagnose leads to amputation of student’s arm

A former Ohio University student is claiming that an incorrect diagnosis led to her arm being unnecessarily amputated. The student had three times reported to the medical facility complaining about severe pain, fever, and nausea. Each time she was mistakenly diagnosed with a sore throat, muscle pain, and anxiety when in fact, she was suffering from a flesh-eating bacterium known as necrotizing fasciitis. The challenges the young woman faces in

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Woman with headache sent home and ends up paralyzed

A physician’s failure to diagnose a problem may be a common event, but it often can also lead to catastrophic consequences. Out in the western U.S., a jury just returned a $3.9 million verdict against a physician who sent a woman home that was suffering from severe migraine headaches and extremely high blood pressure. What the woman was instead suffering from was bleeding of the brain that could have been

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Veterans’ psychiatric maladies often misdiagnosed

Many veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from a variety of mental ailments brought on by what they have seen. Too often, these same veterans are being turned away from various VA Hospitals and are not receiving the treatment that they need. Now such hospitals are finding their selves on the wrong side of accusations of their failure to diagnose mental and psychiatric issues that are being presented.

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