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Failure to diagnose cancer and other diseases rampant in America


People in Boston who make sure they go to the doctor whenever they're feeling slightly under the weather or simply to have a check-up are conscientious and vigilant about their health. In most instances, there's nothing to worry about. There are times, however, when a person goes to the doctor and a negligent physician misses a signal that something is amiss. In a way, a missed diagnosis can be viewed as worse than the actual disease because of the lapsed opportunity to do something about it in its early stages.

Birth injury fund payment might operate like a settlement offer

It seems only fair to hold someone accountable for a birth injury caused by medical negligence. Yet according to a recent article, some victims of malpractice don’t bring a lawsuit against the allegedly responsible doctor or health professional.

Potential dangers of a medical misdiagnosis

The doctor-patient bond often involves a high degree of trust. For that reason, patients may never suspect that their health care professional could commit a misdiagnosis. Yet the odds tell a different story. According to a recent study, around one in 20 visits to a doctor’s office or outpatient setting results in a misdiagnosis.

Man claims surgical error required a second appendectomy

Stories of surgical errors involving the removal of the wrong body part or tissue may seem hard to believe, especially when a respected surgeon is involved. Yet as today’s story reminds us, surgical errors can happen even when a patient is in otherwise capable hands.

Settlements and medical malpractice litigation strategy

When a medical malpractice lawsuit naming a medical practitioner as a defendant is resolved by a payout, the data is generally reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank. According to that data, about 96 percent of payouts in medical malpractice lawsuits in 2013 were made pursuant to settlement agreements.

Study suggests a link between hospital negligence and infections

A new survey of hospital infection rates is being touted as the first nationally representative count. Specifically, researchers surveyed over 10,000 patients, randomly selected from 183 hospitals. The report was produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.