The failure to accurately diagnose a serious medical condition might be one of the most frightening and devastating situations for Massachusetts residents. At Donovan & O'Connor, LLP, we understand the implications of a wrong or delayed diagnosis, as well as other problems you can face from a medical error. Laboratory tests are one of the most common ways to screen a patient for potential illnesses. You should have every reason to trust that these tests are accurate and performed properly.
Many serious medical conditions may be made worse if there is a failure to diagnose the illness properly and the right treatment is missed as a result. This is true for Massachusetts residents who are suffering from non-fatal, chronic conditions, as well as those who may die from a delay in diagnosis. Some medical conditions have symptoms that are similar to the symptoms of other conditions. This is especially true for fibromyalgia – a common yet often misunderstood muscle, nerve and joint disorder.
There is a wide variety of serious illnesses that have symptoms which mimic other medical conditions. Whether flu symptoms end up being a dangerous infection, or mild chronic pain turns out to signal a more serious disease, it can be devastating to Massachusetts patients if a medical condition is not accurately diagnosed and treated. In fact, a delay in diagnosis may be debilitating or life-threatening for many people.
Given that the purpose of medical facilities and professional medical care is to treat a huge range of injuries and conditions, you might assume that patients leave the hospital better off than when they came in. Unfortunately, though, that is not always the case. A large number of people who are admitted to the hospital for medical treatment and/or surgery develop serious infections and related complications every year. In fact, the actual number of medical patients who develop septicemia may be much higher than reported figures suggest.
Some of those in Bennington who come to see us here at the offices of Donovan and O’Connor regarding medical malpractice issues do so not because of inaction by their doctors, but rather because those providers did too much. Misdiagnoses that lead to unnecessary surgeries and procedures can present a real danger to patients. In this post, we’ll examine some of those surgeries that are often performed unnecessarily.
When you seek medical attention from a North Adams practitioner, you do so anticipating that he or she will be able to pinpoint the physiological cause of your symptoms. Yet what if your doctor returns to you with no answers, or worse yet, a suggestion that “it’s all in your head?”
The American Cancer Society points out that cancer in its early stages is when it is most treatable. At Donovan & O’Connor, LLP, we know that going through cancer is one of the most difficult things you may ever face. We also know that when a doctor misdiagnoses or fails to diagnose the illness, the consequences can be devastating.
ABC News reported recently that a woman had a biopsy in 2006 and was soon diagnosed with breast cancer. Like many other women in North Adams and across the country, she had the choice to have a mastectomy or treat the cancer through other methods. The woman, whose mother and sister had breast cancer, chose to have a double mastectomy. However, she later found out that the doctors had misdiagnosed her: she never had cancer in the first place.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, there were more than 7,000 claims of medical malpractice in Massachusetts over a five-year period ending in 2009. The causes of these cases vary from diagnostic errors to problems with medication. If you think you have suffered as a result of a physician’s or facility’s negligence, you may want to explore the possibility of filing a claim.
A diagnostic error can include a delayed diagnosis, an incorrect one or a condition that a Massachusetts physician has not ever diagnosed. According to a study conducted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a diagnostic medical error is the most common and the most deadly problem. Additionally, these errors are also the leading cause of paid claims, making up 28.6 percent of those lawsuits.