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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 professionals sometimes make errors that lead to dire consequences. Kentucky readers might like to know about a recent award made by a jury in another state pertaining to a woman's death.

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 against an orthopedic surgeon and hospital.

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 is for those with cancer.

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.

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.

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 doctor and a hospital. Kentucky residents might be interested to learn about these recent developments.

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.

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 disease.

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 in 2011 and cited several incidents of hospital error during his stay, including mismanagement of medications, failure to monitor his condition, and failure to follow up on or report the results of a CT scan. He claims that this mismanagement led to a stroke that caused traumatic brain injury and led to his permanent, partial disability. He stated that he lost vision in the left field of both eyes and lost some of his motor function.

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 recommended an electromyogram and a nerve conduction study rather than an MRI of the cervical spine. The MRI had been recommended by an emergency room physician but was not performed until seven weeks after the initial tests, at which time the spine herniation was discovered. The prisoner filed a lawsuit alleging that the prison doctor failed to properly diagnose his condition by refusing to perform the recommended test.

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