Physicians use several tools to diagnose a patient, which may include a patient's information of symptoms, blood tests, physical exam and imaging tests. When there is a failure to diagnose a patient adequately and quickly, a patient's quality of life may be impacted. Massachusetts's readers may be interested in one woman's legal battle with a hospital who failed to diagnose her for a year, and she now requires around the clock care.
In the medical field, time is of the essence. A missed lab test, missed antibiotic, delayed radiology exam or a failure to diagnose can mean life or death for many patients. Families in Massachusetts may be interested in one family's recent lawsuit against a medical center and its medical director. The family is claiming that negligence to perform a test in a timely manner may have led to their loved one's death.
Significant advances in the medical field have been made to aid physicians in making quick and accurate diagnoses of patients. Blood tests, radiology tests, ultrasound technology and others all help add to the data that physicians need to make a correct diagnosis of a patient. When patients in Massachusetts suffer from some sort of heart disease, stroke, blood clot or sepsis, a timely diagnosis is vital to the outcome of a patient's health. One family recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming that a hospital and emergency room physician failed to diagnose man's pending cardiac arrest.
Physicians are not allowed to perform HIV tests on patients without a thorough explanation and consent to a test. Test results can be life-changing for a patient, but if caught early enough, some patients are able to live relatively healthy lives with treatment. One patient made the terrifying decision to have an HIV test performed, but despite his consent, he was never tested. Massachusetts patients may be interested to learn that a jury recently awarded the man $18.4 million for the harm he suffered due to two different physicians' failure to diagnose him in a timely manner.
Vaccinations have been a debated topic in the medical and parent community. Infants begin receiving vaccinations as early as two months old and cannot receive vaccinations any younger due to their developing immune system. Unfortunately, common viruses, such as whooping cough, can be fatal to a baby, especially when they have no immunity from a vaccine. A mother in another state filed a lawsuit against a pediatric group for failure to diagnose her infant daughter for whooping cough. Massachusetts parents may be interested in learning that a jury awarded the mother $4 million for negligence in her daughter's care.
When going to the doctor or a hospital with an ailment, most people assume that the doctors will be able to diagnose the issue at hand. However, for many Massachusetts patients, issues with failure to diagnose can lead to unidentified risks to health and well-being. Although this is not the patient's fault, having some information about commonly-missed illnesses is a good idea when discussing a tricky diagnosis with a doctor.
Medical technology has greatly advanced the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and acute ailments by medical professionals, but the technology only works to the advantage of the patient when it is utilized. In circumstances where it is not used, it can be detrimental to a patient. Massachusetts patients may be interested to learn about a recent jury verdict in another state after a failure to diagnose may have resulted in a woman's death.
Losing a child is something no mother should experience, especially when a death could have been prevented with medical intervention. One mother has had the tragic experience of losing her daughter at a young age. Massachusetts families may be interested in understanding the reason the mother intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court accusing her daughter's physician of failure to make an accurate diagnosis to prevent her daughter's death.
An incorrect or delayed diagnosis can carry serious negative consequences for Massachusetts patients. When doctors don't diagnose patients in a timely manner, patients often suffer as their symptoms continue to worsen or even experience new health problems as a result of the delay. In another state, for example, a Veterans Administration hospital's failure to make an accurate diagnosis allegedly resulted in a number of serious injuries to a patient's foot.
Massachusetts health professionals attend years of schooling to ensure they are able to make prompt, accurate diagnoses and get patients the treatment they need. That is what they are paid for, after all, as a delay in accurately diagnosing an illness often means irreversible damage. In another state, for example, a group of doctors' failure to diagnose a child's illness tragically resulted in permanent brain damage.