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Medical Malpractice

What If My Doctor Misdiagnosed My Cancer?

Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failure to diagnose aren’t always harmful mistakes to patients. When the patient has cancer, though, diagnosis errors can mean the difference between life and death. If a doctor in San Francisco misdiagnosed your cancer case, resulting in a worsened prognosis, additional medical treatments, lost quality of life, the death of a loved one, or other damages, call our San Francisco medical malpractice lawyers and learn your rights as the victim of medical malpractice in California. When Is a Cancer Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice? Not all misdiagnoses qualify as medical malpractice. No law requires doctors to make correct…

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What Do I Do If I Was Misdiagnosed?

Medical professionals are some of the most qualified people in our lives. But unfortunately, doctors are only human, and mistakes can happen. Medical errors and misdiagnoses are common, and only increasing in frequency. Researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center estimate that about 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed every year – and a recent study concluded that medical errors are the third most common cause of death in America, accounting for more than 250,000 deaths annually. False diagnoses have the potential to be deadly for patients – and downright devastating for their family…

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Most Common Misdiagnoses Leading to Injury

Nobody’s perfect – even the most qualified doctors can occasionally get things wrong. However, sometimes these medical errors and misdiagnoses can lead to serious problems and complications – even death. Here are some of the most common misdiagnoses that, if not corrected, can lead to serious injury – or worse. Cancer Cancer gets misdiagnosed more often than you think. According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, it may happen as much as 28 percent of the time, as much as 44 percent for specific types. One of the main reasons this occurs is because seemingly common symptoms or ailments are…

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13-year-old dies of brain tumor missed by hospital

Failure to take a patient’s symptoms seriously or to obtain a complete and thorough history of symptoms enough can lead to catastrophe. That is what the family of a teenage girl who died of a brain tumor in 2016 say caused her death. They are suing the hospital and three doctors for medical malpractice for failing to diagnose the tumor in time to treat it. According to the Concord Monitor, the girl first began experiencing headaches in February. She went to the hospital and was told to come back if they got worse or she started vomiting. Two months later,…

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California dental clinic allegedly sickened children

Going to the dentist should help children stay healthy and pain-free. But an attorney for dozens of California families say that one clinic harmed at least 57 children in the name of profits. The clinic, Children’s Dental Group, is located in Orange County. According to a lawsuit filed against it, dentists at the clinic are alleged to have routinely performed unnecessary “emergency” root canals, extractions and other procedures on young children after pressuring their parents into signing a consent form. The clinic would allegedly perform 80 to 100 unnecessary procedures per day and charge up to $1,000 apiece. Additionally, the…

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Many surgeons are reluctant to apologize after a mistake

If you are ever the victim of a surgical mistake, it would seem that honesty about what happened would be the least of what you are owed. Sadly, many surgeons are more worried about their reputation and legal liability than they are about being honest with their patients and admitting they made a mistake. A survey published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery, reported that barely half (55 percent) of practicing surgeons said they would apologize to a patient after making an error, and would inform the patient if the error had been preventable….

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California hospital blamed for fatal medication error

Painkillers are intended to provide relief from acute or chronic pain, but as powerful drugs healthcare providers need to be careful when prescribing and administering them. A careless mistake can cost the patient his or her life. That is what the family of a California woman says happened to her. The woman died after being admitted to a hospital in the Fresno area. The woman’s daughter has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, after a state investigation found that the attending medical staff failed to communicate about the drugs administered to the woman before her death. According to…

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San Francisco reneges on settlement after plaintiff dies

Fair compensation which a plaintiff receives from a personal injury lawsuit is intended to make him or her “whole” again, at least from a monetary perspective. For many victims of medical malpractice, this means reimbursement for already-incurred costs like hospital bills and repayment of lost wages, as well as anticipated future expenses like health care aids. In a valid medical negligence case that is now making news in San Francisco, the city and county are refusing to make payment in a case they agreed to settle, where the wrongfully injured plaintiff died before the final paperwork was completed, but after…

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Kaiser Permanente Nurses Strike Over Patient Safety

Nurses at Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center are participating in a four-day strike that began on June 23. Tee 1,300 nurses expected to participate are striking for a potentially troubling reason: substandard staffing levels that put patients at risk. According to KNBC-TV, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United union contends that Kaiser refuses to hire enough nurses to properly staff the hospital. The union points to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Tertiary Care center as being especially short-staffed. The nurses say that inadequate staffing forces them to skip meal and rest breaks. A corresponding demand for higher salaries…

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Medical study says malpractice is 3rd-highest cause of death

Think medical malpractice isn’t a serious health crisis in this country? A bold new study from Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests it kills more people in the U.S. each year than just about every major disease. But you would not know it from the death certificates issued by negligent doctors. According to NPR, the Johns Hopkins study estimates that more than 250,000 Americans are killed by medical malpractice each year. The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention lists just two things more deadly: heart disease and cancer, which took around 600,000 lives each in 2014. The difference, of course, is…

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