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Do Unnecessary Medical Tests Open the Doors for More Hospital Errors?

 In an attempt to minimize lawsuits and protect patients from unforeseen illnesses doctors tend to order an extensive list of medical tests and procedures. But are all of those tests always necessary? In most cases, it appears that they are not - but they are often used as a defensive mechanism to protect doctors and the hospitals they work for. However, by conducting unnecessary tests, are health care providers opening the door for more hospital errors?

When medical professionals take an oath to protect the safety and well being of their patients this is probably their intention. However, with so many patients being seriously injured or even killed due to medical mistakes leaves the door open for even more questions. No test or procedure is completely error- or risk-free.

Incorrect Cancer Diagnosis Breaks the Bank After Couple Pursues Bucket List

 Patients can suffer damages from even the happiest of medical errors.

Most people are familiar with the harm the results from a delayed or missed diagnosis of cancer: the potential for limited treatment options and reduced chances of survival. Failure to diagnose cancer is a common basis for a medical malpractice claim in New York and other states.

Sometimes, however, patients are told that they have fatal cancer when they don't.

A New Zealand couple in their 60s racked up $80,000 in debt after being wrongly told that the husband's lung cancer had returned to his heart, giving him a few months to live.

Determined to make every day count, they sold their house at a loss. The husband, who owned had owned a handyman business, gave away $30,000 of tools and other possessions. They spent heavily during a trip to Fiji and Australia, expecting life insurance to cover the costs, and returned home to wait for the inevitable. But the husband's health never deteriorated.

FAQ: How often is liver cancer misdiagnosed?

 Unfortunately, liver cancer is often misdiagnosed because many of its early symptoms - abdominal pain, bloating, nausea or vomiting or lack of appetite - are often associated with the flu and other minor aches and pains. If you have liver cancer that your doctor failed to diagnose or misdiagnosed and your health has seriously deteriorated as a result, you may have a claim for medical negligence. Schedule a free consultation by calling 212-750-1200 or email our office.

NY Bill Hopes to Reduce Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis

 Eight months after she had been told that the results of her mammogram were not abnormal, a 48-year-old Brooklyn woman discovered that she actually had Stage IV breast cancer. Such advanced stages of breast cancer are considered incurable; the woman now faces lifelong treatment.

Unfortunately, her tale is not an uncommon one. Failure to diagnose breast cancer occurs more often than many realize. In an effort to help reduce the instances of cancer misdiagnosis, the New York State Legislature has approved a bill that would require doctors to give women notice if the results of their mammogram show dense breast tissue.

FAQ: Can a doctor be sued for failing to diagnose an eye infection?

 Doctors must follow certain standards of care. When proper standards are not followed and a doctor fails to diagnose any condition, then he or she can be held responsible. These standards apply not only to physicians, but to all health care professionals - including nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, ophthalmologists, X-ray technicians and dentists. If you were injured by a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, call us for a free consultation at 212-750-1200.

Missed Cancer Diagnosis: One Woman's Cautionary Tale

 Several years ago, a 51-year-old woman begged her doctors to explain her back pain. Little did she or her doctors realize that the pain stemmed from breast cancer. And now, that failure to diagnose breast cancer will most likely result in the woman's death.

In 2007, the woman began experiencing back pain and other symptoms. Seeking an explanation, she visited over 50 primary care doctors and specialists. Despite ordering many tests, she received no definitive diagnosis. One 2008 test that raised red flags for possible cancer was later dismissed as arthritis, and a radiologist declined to order a follow-up biopsy. Assured by the radiologist's opinion, her doctor told her that she didn't have cancer.

Thereafter, the woman suffered violent muscle spasms and other worsening symptoms that left her unable to walk. On her first visit to the emergency room, she was sent home after a brief stay and some painkillers. The final diagnosis came only after a doctor intervened to request an emergency MRI at her next ER visit. In 2010, her doctor said she had Stage IV metastatic breast cancer that had spread through her entire spine and to the rest of her body. She was given three years to live.

What Price Can Be Put on the Loss of a Limb?

 One might think that it's not possible to put a price on a body part, but that is not entirely true. In fact, there are people who do that for a living - put a price on the financial impact of undesirable events, such as a serious injury leading to amputation, quadriplegia or even death.

For a New York City woman the price of all four limbs and one eye was $17.9 million.

In 2008, while experiencing extreme pain, the then-32-year-old woman from Brooklyn went to theemergency room at Brooklyn Hospital Center. The ER doctor diagnosed her with kidney stones, gave her pain killers and sent her home. The next day, the pain had worsened so she called 911 - twice. Emergency responders with the FDNY refused to take her back to the hospital.

Cancer Misdiagnosis Could Cost NY Woman Her Life

 Misdiagnosis can have serious consequences - in some cases, a missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis can even be life ending. For one New York woman, a delayed diagnosis of breast cancerhas left her life hanging in the balance.

In 2002, the 50-year-old Long Island woman discovered a lump in her breast. Concerned about the marble-sized lump, the woman went to see a doctor at the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center in Stony Brook. The doctor determined that it was not a malignant lump, and told her to return for her annual exam the next year.

Sixteen months later, she went in for her annual exam. The lump had grown to the size of a golf ball. After running a number of tests, another doctor diagnosed it as breast cancer.

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