Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 8:46 pm
According to a study conducted by researchers at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, physicians that often order diagnostic tests are more likely to be sued for medical malpractice.
The study, which will be published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, saw that patients sue diagnosticians due to a break down in communication. Issues like patients and physicians not receiving test results, long turnaround times for test results, and delayed reports of findings are a major cause of medical malpractice lawsuits.
Researchers found that between 1996 and 2003, malpractice payments based on diagnosis rose nearly 40%. From 1991 to 2010, payments rose from $21.7 million to $91 million.
If you or someone you love has suffered from an unreasonable delay in diagnosis, contact the New Jersey delayed diagnosis lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. by calling 800-346-5529.
Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 3:52 pm
According to recent reports, delayed diagnoses of cancer and other serious illnesses is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Delayed diagnoses occur when doctors do not correctly identify an illness in time to effectively treat it, thereby causing the patient to suffer.
One study found that one-third of cancer cases is not identified by a doctor in a timely manner. These delays are often caused by doctors incorrectly assessing a patient’s symptoms as normal or part of a less-threatening illness.
Delayed diagnoses in any type of illness, but especially cancer, can allow time for the disease to progress and put a patient in serious danger.
If you or someone you love has suffered an illness that a doctor did not diagnose in a timely manner, please contact the New Jersey delayed diagnosis lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A., at 800-346-5529.
Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 9:56 pm
A couple filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor on Onieda, N.Y. for allegedly having a disregard for human life.
The incident occurred in 2009 when the woman was a patient at the Women’s Health Associates and she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes late in her pregnancy. She was 39 weeks pregnant when a urinalysis was done and it was found that she had extremely high level of blood sugar.
The woman continued to experience discharges after the doctor told her to go home. She even went to the emergency room, but the nurse just told her to drink more water. It was later found that her membrane had burst leaving hardly any amniotic fluid.
The baby then had no heartbeat and she delivered a stillborn baby. The suit states that she is suing for “severe emotional distress, mental anguish and pain and suffering.”
Delayed diagnosis can cause serious issues in a medical situations, our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.
Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 9:09 pm
A third veteran that received treatment for glaucoma at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital in California recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after suffering from vision loss. The hospital and federal government agreed to pay 68-year old Lt. Kennedy Jr. $400,000 in damages.
Kennedy Jr. served in the U.S. Air Force and worked on fighter jet maintenance during the Korean War. In 2009, Kennedy and seven other veterans that received treatment for glaucoma at the hospital were informed by hospital officials that their vision loss was the result of substandard care.
During investigations, hospital officials found that the hospital’s optometry department did not follow the hospital’s policy that all glaucoma patients be seen not only by a optometrist, but also an opthalmologist.
Contact the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers of Levinson & Axelrod P.A. at 800-346-5529 if you have questions about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
A Poughkeepsie woman is suing her gynecologist for not detecting a cancerous tumor in her breast exam.
The woman was diagnosed with breast cancer by a family physician a year after going to the gynecologist. The woman is suing her gynecologist claiming she failed to diagnose her. The woman even filled out a form that said that she was experiencing pain in her breast. When the beast lump was found by her doctor, it was cancerous and had spead to a bone in her back.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of delayed diagnosis, contact the New Jersey delayed diagnosis lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. by calling 800-346-5529.