Why do doctors misdiagnose diabetes?
Posted in Firm News, Medical Malpractice on July 27, 2021
Feeling symptoms such as increased thirst, blurred vision and frequent urination, you sought medical care. However, the doctor mistook diabetes for another condition, delaying you from receiving the medical treatment you needed. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis of diabetes occurs all too often. According to a study published in the Clinical Diabetes journal, physicians misdiagnosed type 1...
Know the signs of retained surgical items
Posted in Firm News, Medical Malpractice on May 15, 2021
Many patients expect that they will recover quickly in the days and weeks after a procedure. If patients have retained surgical items, though, the recovery process may be more difficult.According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, doctors leave surgical items behind in about 1,500 procedures each year. Although hospitals put measures in place...
4 common types of surgical errors
Posted in Firm News, Medical Malpractice on January 11, 2021
Surgical errors are one of the leading causes of death for patients in the United States. Medical errors are a serious public health problem and pose a substantial threat to patient safety. An “active error” occurs when a physician does something incorrectly in the operating room, thus creating a surgical mistake. 1. Surgery on the wrong body partThe...
False positives in prostate cancer biopsies
Posted in Blog, Firm News, Medical Malpractice on November 23, 2020
Prostate cancer is a serious health concern, especially for older men. Getting a prostate exam can be intimidating for some, and having a biopsy to check for cancerous cells can be even more difficult. People in Washington State should know that liquid biopsies can sometimes return a false positive due to unrelated, noncancerous mutations.How...
Convolutional neural networks and misdiagnosis of melanoma
Posted in Firm News, Medical Malpractice on November 18, 2020
Patients in Washington and around the country want certainty when it comes to their cancer diagnoses. The idea that someone can misidentify a lesion is terribly scary for any patient. There can be serious health consequences when a doctor error happens.Understanding melanomaMelanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It can even be...
What strategies can you use to prevent medication errors?
Posted in Firm News, Medical Malpractice on October 9, 2020
When you go to a hospital in Washington, you expect to receive great medical care. Unfortunately, you could become a victim of a medication error if you do not advocate for your own health and ask the right questions. If you have an upcoming visit to a health care facility, or if you take medication,...
What is Erb’s palsy?
Posted in Firm News, Medical Malpractice on September 17, 2020
Washington parents like you expect the best care when you are dealing with matters of childbirth. After all, maternal care has come a long way. In the United States, there are hardly any fatalities related to childbirth. Even birthing injuries have been drastically lowered.But this does not mean there are no risks at all....
Can I sue the hospital for malpractice?
Posted in Firm News, Medical Malpractice on August 5, 2020
Medical malpractice suits can be very complicated, and many people do not even know who to sue for their injuries. For example, many people wonder if they should sue the hospital itself for malpractice, or merely the doctor that performed the procedure.The reality is that in certain cases, yes, you can sue the hospital...
Medical mistakes cause more than 250,000 deaths annually
Posted in Firm News, Medical Malpractice on April 27, 2020
You know your body better than anyone, so when something is ailing you, you probably recognize that something is amiss and seek treatment accordingly. If you are like most Americans, you probably place a good deal of faith in your primary care doctor and his or her ability to properly diagnose your condition and...
About 20% of serious medical conditions misdiagnosed
Posted in Firm News, Medical Malpractice on March 11, 2020
Becoming a physician requires considerable schooling, and because doctors are typically highly trained, most people tend to believe what they tell them and follow their instructions accordingly. Like everyone else, though, doctors sometimes make mistakes, and when they make diagnostic errors, the repercussions may prove life-threatening. According to AARP, diagnostic errors are entirely too frequent across...