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How frequently do doctors fail to diagnose health conditions?

The failure of doctors to diagnose the ailments of Florida patients often contributes to conditions worsening, irreparable harm and even death. Missing a diagnosis completely or a delay in diagnosis are common among instances of misdiagnosis. Malpractice lawsuits could result from these incidents of a failure to diagnose, sometimes due to conditions like hypertension that are frequently missed and at other times due to potentially devastating health issues like lung cancer.

Heart attacks and appendicitis are among the most damaging conditions to be missed, along with cancer of the breast, lung and colon. However, medical professionals do not often fail to diagnose those conditions as often as a toxoplasmosis infection. An estimated one of four people with the condition have not been diagnosed, and most people with this condition do not show symptoms. One in six people with sleep disorders have not been diagnosed either. As many as one in 10 people with otosclerosis do not know it. One in 15 people with osteoporosis are undiagnosed and as many as one in 18 with hypertension, chronic lower respiratory diseases and COPD have also not received diagnoses.

Surgical mistakes under-reported

Florida residents may be interested in a report that discusses surgical errors and their possible causes. Reporting of wrong-site surgeries continues to increase, but experts feel that incidents will continue to be under-reported due to liability issues and other factors. The reporting of wrong-site surgeries went from 15 in 1998 to 592 in 2007, but it is believed that even more cases occur annually. A report suggests that only 10 percent of incorrect surgeries are reported.

A surgical error most often occurs due to communication failures among operating room personnel. In 70 percent of wrong-site surgeries, some form of communication breakdown occurred, according to the Joint Commission. Not following proper procedures is also a factor in wrong-site surgeries, with some citing of procedural non-compliance in 64 percent of cases.

Medical error results in unnecessary treatment

A laboratory mistake at a Florida hospital resulted in unnecessary surgery for an elderly woman. The incident began when the 68-year-old Winter Park patient underwent a routine colonoscopy at the Orlando medical facility. When the tissue samples from the screening were evaluated, the results showed that she had developed cancer. However, pre-operative biopsy results that were administered later continued coming back negative as physicians attempted to determine the exact location of the cancer.

Though hesitant, the woman agreed to undergo a surgical treatment. Months after the surgery, the doctor called her with news that an examination of the tissues that the surgeon removed showed no evidence of cancer. Further DNA tests indicated that the initial diagnosis was incorrect, and reports say that that the woman's laboratory results were mixed up with those of a different patient. Sources say that the hospital did not provide a detailed account of records, documentation of the error or the steps employees performed to determine the outcome, and a lawsuit is now pending against the hospital for the violation of various state and federal laws.

What is medical malpractice?

Two words heard on the news in relative frequency are medical malpractice. What really constitutes medical malpractice, and what can patients and their families do if they think they have fallen victim to it? These are a few important questions that numerous Florida residents face.

How is medical malpractice defined?. Medical malpractice is, in short, negligence by a medical professional that causes injury to or the death of a patient. This negligence generally results in making mistakes that are, in most cases, highly preventable.

Pregnancy complications, a sad reality for some Florida mothers

Most women don’t want to think about everything that could go wrong during a pregnancy. Instead, they choose to focus on the exciting changes that accompany bringing a baby into the world. While many woman in Florida make it through their pregnancy and the delivery of their child with few or no issues, others may experience pregnancy complications that could cause serious injuries to both themselves and their baby.

Several complications can present themselves during pregnancy. Some of the most common include the development of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and hypertension. Receiving a proper diagnosis is vital to the health and safety of both mother and child in these situations. Other pregnancy complications that are prevalent can be viewed on our [url=‘http://www.kjbushlaw.com/Medical-Malpractice-Overview/Pregnancy-Complications.shtml']Miami Pregnancy Complications Lawyer[/url] page.

Malpractice claim: Failure to diagnose led to unnecessary surgery

Patients depend on an accurate diagnosis before proceeding with medical treatment options. If there is a failure to diagnose, whether in terms of accuracy or timeliness, this can lead to a delay in necessary treatment or even the use of treatments that weren't really required. Unfortunately, many patients in Florida and elsewhere have been negatively affected due to diagnosing errors.

In another state, a woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her grandmother's physician, claiming a failure to accurately diagnose terminal cancer led to an unnecessary surgery. The 31-year-old woman underwent surgery as an organ donor for her grandmother, who was told she needed a kidney transplant. According to the complaint, approximately one month before surgery, abnormalities were seen on a CAT scan that may have been consistent with a type a cancer. Despite this finding, the transplant surgery was performed as scheduled. Less than one year later, the grandmother passed away from a terminal form of cancer.

Maternity care may lead to medical malpractice claims in Florida

Seeking quality care is important to Florida women who are pregnant and trying to decide where to deliver their impending bundle of joy. Unfortunately, a new study suggests that there is a vast disparity regarding care offered at different hospitals and birthing centers. Statistics regarding care and complications are not readily available to the public. Not having this information leaves women in the dark when making this important decision, which could lead to a higher rate of medical malpractice incidents.

A recent study was released that compares hospitals on a nationwide scale. It was found that woman who delivered their babies at lower performing medical facilities were at a greater risk of experiencing major complications. In fact, the rate is said to be more than twice as high for vaginal births and even higher for births via C-section.

Medical malpractice claims against VA bring complaints from Vets

Complaints against Veterans Affairs medical facilities have been in national headlines for several months now. Accusations of medical malpractice have surfaced and along with it, complaints from veterans about being denied care they rightfully earned. Numerous veterans in Florida are among those criticizing the system that is supposed to be looking out for them.

While not all veterans hate the system, many do have good things to say when they do finally receive care, but several veterans claim getting to that point of receiving care can take years. These years spent waiting for care often result in declining health that could greatly benefit from prompt treatment. Others claim that care is being denied because they have too many other resources at their disposal or their medical problem was service related. Because of negative experiences with VA facilities, some veterans say they are giving up on these services.

Surgical error cited in recent medical malpractice case

No matter how you look at it, surgery can be scary. Having to worry about how the body will react to anesthesia, pain medications and the healing process is generally enough of a concern. The last thing anyone wants to consider happening is their doctor making a surgical error. Unfortunately, errors are documented yearly both locally in Florida and on a national level. After if is discovered that a mistake has occurred, the question then turns to why and how it happened.

In another state, a man has filed a lawsuit against several doctors, a hospital and a few clinics, claiming a surgical error was made. The patient alleges he was initially scheduled to have a circumcision performed but woke in post-operative care to find his penis had been amputated. The patient asserts he never gave consent for any form of amputation of this body part, and was not made aware of any complications of the scheduled procedure that would require an amputation.

Alleged failure to diagnose leads to medical malpractice case

A woman in another jurisdiction has filed a medical malpractice claim against several doctors and facilities for alleged negligence that reportedly led to the spread of cancer. The lawsuit claims that a failure to diagnose a cancerous tumor, on several occasions and by multiple doctors, eventually led to the cancer spreading to her lungs, causing further pain, suffering and the need for extensive medical treatments. Though this case has been filed outside of Florida, the situation may sadly sound familiar to some local patients.

A woman, whose name and age weren't identified, recently filed a lawsuit against two physicians and two orthopedic treatment facilities, claiming they failed to properly diagnose and treat a tumor in her leg. The claim alleges that an X-ray showed an abnormality on the leg, which required an MRI for further investigation. An MRI was completed, though supposedly on the wrong leg, and showed nothing wrong. Diagnosis and treatment options were allegedly provided based on the MRI findings.