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June 2017

Misdiagnosis and Medical Malpractice

By | June 30th, 2017|Misdiagnosis|

Misdiagnosis is a common type of medical malpractice, but not all misdiagnoses are the result of negligence.  To constitute malpractice, the misdiagnosis must result from underassessment, under-testing or misinterpretation of test results that falls below acceptable standards of medical care.  I was thinking about misdiagnosis cases as I read the obituary of Lawrence Weed, M.D., [...]

May 2016

Misdiagnosis of Stroke in Younger Adults

By | May 16th, 2016|Misdiagnosis, Stroke|

Misdiagnosis of stroke in younger adults is likely to be a growing problem as the rate of ischemic stroke in this population continues to increase.  A study published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that, while overall stroke rates have declined, strokes among individuals aged 25-44 increased by 44% during [...]

March 2016

Misdiagnosis of Mesenteric Ischemia

By | March 17th, 2016|Misdiagnosis|

Misdiagnosis of mesenteric ischemia typically has catastrophic implications for the patient. Time is of the essence with this condition; delayed diagnosis can mean death or serious damage to vital organs. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a review this month detailing the causes, symptoms and treatment for this condition which accounts for as [...]

January 2016

The Most Common Misdiagnoses

By | January 11th, 2016|Misdiagnosis|

The Internet Journal on Family Practice recently published a study titled The 5 Most Common Misdiagnoses: A Meta-Analysis of Autopsy and Medical Malpractice Data. The study reports that one of the most common misdiagnoses is infection. Pulmonary embolism and heart attack were the next most prevalent conditions that were likely to be misdiagnosed. The study [...]

May 2014

When Misdiagnosis Equates to Medical Malpractice

By | May 28th, 2014|Misdiagnosis|

When does a misdiagnosis give rise to a medical negligence claim? This depends on the circumstances of each case, but there are some general principles that apply to all cases. First, under Ohio law, medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to act reasonably, deviates from accepted standards if medical care, or unnecessarily puts the patient [...]

January 2014

Misdiagnosis: A Potentially Fatal Mistake

By | January 10th, 2014|Misdiagnosis|

Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is a surprisingly common theme in medical malpractice litigation. We see this as a central issue in many of our cases. Misdiagnosis, wrong diagnosis or delayed diagnosis accounts for a substantial number of claims and frequently can make a significant difference, between life and death. Just last year I handled a [...]

May 2013

Misdiagnosis in the Primary Care Setting

By | May 14th, 2013|Misdiagnosis|

When there is a misdiagnosis of many medical conditions, those conditions become more dangerous with a worse prognosis.  For a medical malpractice attorney in Ohio, misdiagnosis cases require a thorough interview of the potential client and a careful review of all available medical records.  Further, the lawyer must avail himself/herself of current medical concepts to know whether an early, accurate diagnosis would have [...]

Misdiagnosis Is More Common Than Medication Errors

By | May 9th, 2013|Misdiagnosis|

An interesting article on misdiagnosis appeared in this Monday's Washington Post.  The article, entitled "Misdiagnosis Is More Common Than Drug Errors Or Wrong-Site Surgery," reports that the correct diagnosis is missed, incorrect or delayed in as many as 10 to 20 percent of cases.  In many cases, the correct diagnosis may be made in time to avoid any [...]

Misdiagnosis Arising Out Of Failure To Do Lumbar Puncture

By | May 2nd, 2013|Misdiagnosis|

Misdiagnosis often occurs when physicians cut corners, jump to conclusions, ignore symptoms, and/or fail to rule out less common causes of a given symptom complex.  Frequently, the mistake is as simple as performing a key test when a patient's presentation is consistent with a life-threatening condition. We see this time and time again with lumbar puncture.  Today, I [...]

April 2013

Misdiagnosis: “The Doctor Didn’t Listen to Me”

By | April 30th, 2013|Misdiagnosis|

Medical misdiagnosis is a major contributor to unnecessary treatment, increased medical costs and poor outcomes for patients.  Several recent studies published in Health Affairs show that many doctors do a poor job of "activating" their patients -- engaging their patients, listening to their concerns, discussing treatment options and involving them in treatment decisions.  Low activation rates lead to poor grades on [...]

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