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Category: Failure To Diagnose

3 Ways to Protect Yourself Against a Misdiagnosis

When visiting the doctor, it’s expected that the medical staff use all their know-how to make the proper diagnosis and treatment. However, there have been cases where patients have been misdiagnosed. For these patients, their symptoms worsened and treatment was greatly prolonged. There are many reasons why a patient can be misdiagnosed, whether it’s a [ Read More ]

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Did Failure to Diagnose Mental Illness Lead to Jail Suicide?

A Monterey-area hospital and physician are among a bevy of defendants accused of wrongful death in a lawsuit initiated by the mother of a man who committed suicide while in law enforcement custody. All of the other named defendants are government agencies and officials, as well as the City of Monterey. The origins of the [ Read More ]

Failure to Diagnose Cancer and Other Conditions Can Be Costly

Each year more than 12 million people around the country are impacted by diagnostic errors. The statistics are especially disturbing when it comes to cancer: as many as 44 percent of cancers are misdiagnosed.

California initiative to address medical malpractice issues

A primary goal of a proposed ballot initiative for California’s November election is designed to increase the non-economic damages cap on medical malpractice awards in the state. But the father of two children killed a decade ago by a driver who was under the influence of painkillers is concerned with educating others about the other [ Read More ]

Late diagnosis of MERS may pose a threat

The first known case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has hit the U.S., generating concern by doctors and patients alike. The individual in question traveled by two planes and one bus on a journey, possibly spreading the problem to others. The syndrome first appeared in 2012 with about 250 cases. The virus has already spread [ Read More ]



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