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August 2013 Archives

Misdiagnosed cancer patients undergo unnecessary chemotherapy

When physicians take the Hippocratic Oath, they swear to practice medicine honestly and uphold a number of ethical standards. Fortunately, the majority of doctors in Massachusetts work hard to provide the best care for their patients. On occasion, however, a negligent physician will fail to make the proper medical diagnosis.

Newborn may have mistakenly received mom's pain medicine

After a new mother gives birth, she depends on doctors and nurses in the hospital to provide appropriate care for her newborn baby and for her own recovery. Such care must include careful monitoring of both mother and baby to make sure that both are healthy and properly recovering from the labor and delivery process. In some cases, such as when a caesarean section was performed, a mother might need antibiotics or pain medications administered. In the event that hospital staff in Massachusetts or anywhere else makes a mistake when delivering such medicine, birth injuries can result.

Man claims doctor's failure to diagnose led to paralysis

In Massachusetts and in other states, people depend on their doctors to properly identify and treat their medical conditions. Doctors train for an extended period of time in order to obtain specialized knowledge that ordinary citizens do not have. As such, hospitalized patients can only describe their symptoms and hope that their physicians will order appropriate tests and consult with specialists in order to determine the source of the problem. Once there is an accurate diagnosis, the medical concern may be addressed through surgery, medication or another plan. A doctor's failure to make an accurate diagnosis can cause a patient to suffer complications that greatly impact his or her quality of life.

Child's brain injury results in $15.2M judgment against hospital

Parents of children born with heart defects or other life threatening illnesses are often very cautious about medicines they give their children. After undergoing countless hours in the hospital, no one in Massachusetts or anywhere else wants to unnecessarily return to a medical center due to a negative drug interaction. But that is exactly what happened to one family whose 4-year old suffered heart failure and a brain injury upon receiving improper medical advice from a doctor.

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