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The horror of malicious medical malpractice

A few days ago, NBC's news program broadcast here in Covington told the heartbreaking story of an "oncologist who inflicted excessive and painful cancer treatments on hundreds of patients — many of whom didn't have the disease in the first place." The cancer doctor wept as he was sentenced to spend 45 years in prison for his crimes and malicious medical malpractice.

Doctors miss totally blocked artery, man dies of cardiac arrest

As any Covington resident with a history of heart problems can tell you, there are a number of medical tests that can reveal the nature and extent of the issues involved. One of those tests is an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) which "checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart," WebMD says.

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.

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 keys to treating cancer is to start treatment for it as early as possible.

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 is touted to have a shorter recovery time. Our readers in Kentucky might find it interesting to know that those laparoscopic procedures are now being heavily scrutinized.

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 is finally made, and the prognosis for the patient may also be worse.

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 acardiac twins and how devastating it can be when a doctor doesn't diagnose the condition early in the pregnancy.

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 to diagnose.

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 that you don't really have the virus? One Kentucky man who was diagnosed with HIV in 2004 recently went through that exact situation.

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. For one woman, that relief is likely to be short lived, as the defendant is likely to appeal the verdict.

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