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How to Avoid a Misdiagnosis

Doctors often diagnose an illness based on the symptoms that the patient is suffering from, as well as the patient’s age, family history, and other information that can help accurately identify the problem. However, oftentimes, patients have symptoms that are nonspecific, like headaches, muscle or joint pain, or stomach discomfort that leave physicians just as » Read More


When Doctors Drug Test and Ignore Results

In 2014 in Indiana, a doctor committed medical malpractice when he took millions from Medicare for urine tests for prescription and illegal drugs, but failed to act when results were positive. Four patients died, and the doctor’s clinic continued prescribing for dozens of others who failed tests. One patient who failed 46 urine tests was » Read More


Children Who Develop Kernicterus

Although jaundice is a common ailment for some infants, if not diagnosed and properly treated, it could develop into a life-threatening condition called kernicterus. This may interfere with a child’s well-being for years to come and develop into cerebral palsy. In the past, many doctors did not see cases of kernicterus because hospital stays for » Read More


Poor Stethoscope Hygiene Can Result in Infections

Healthcare providers use stethoscopes repeatedly throughout the day on numerous patients. Yet, according to a report published in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology, doctors and nurses rarely sanitize their stethoscopes after each patient encounter. This lack of » Read More


Patients Want More Information About Drug Side Effects  

  Doctors prescribe medications to their patients in order to help treat and manage a wide range of conditions and illnesses. Ideally, the medication is effective at treating the condition without causing any unpleasant side effects. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors have a responsibility to warn patients about potential side effects that » Read More


NIH’s Clinical Center: Patient Safety Concerns

The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recognized worldwide as a leader in biomedical research. Thousands of patients come to the Clinical Center each year hoping to benefit from the kind of life-saving medical breakthroughs that have made it the flagship hospital of the NIH. Recently, however, a report found that » Read More


When General Practitioners Fail to Diagnose Heart Disease

New research published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety reveals that close to 25 percent of patients with a misdiagnosis of heart attack or coronary artery disease had a history of cardiovascular disease. The research was conducted by CRICO Strategies and The Doctors Company. Unfortunately, failing to recognize the signs or » Read More


Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Misdiagnosis of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes the brain to stop producing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls a person’s ability to regulate their movements and their emotions. Some of the most common symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, including muscle rigidity, tremors, changes in one’s gait, and slurred speech, are often mistaken as signs of » Read More


Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Rising Payouts in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

According to a new study, payouts are on the rise for medical malpractice lawsuits. Researchers reviewed statistics from the National Practitioner Data Bank, which tracks medical malpractice payments, to accumulate the numbers. During 1992-1996, the largest payout for a malpractice suit was nearly $290,000, and rose almost 25 percent at the highest level to over » Read More


Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Stricter Malpractice Laws

When a patient is admitted to the hospital for surgery, his or her life is literally in the hands of the surgeon who is performing the procedure. Although the vast majority of surgeons are qualified and skilled, they are also human and capable of making mistakes. Those who support stricter medical malpractice laws believe that » Read More