A significant number of medical malpractice cases are due to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition. Lack of a correct diagnosis can lead to incorrect or delayed treatment, worsening of a patient’s condition, and in severe cases, resulting in death.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court has added roughly $1.3 million to the $10.1 million verdict that Andy Stern and Elizabeth Crawford won last November in a late diagnosed meningitis case. Delay damages are interest that begin to accrue starting one year after a lawsuit is filed. The case involved an 11-month-old child, Shamir Tillery, who was taken by his mother for treatment at the emergency room of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Doctors there diagnosed an upper respiratory infection and Shamir was sent home with little treatment.
Kline & Specter has litigated and is currently handling multiple prostate cancer cases. With more than 30 attorneys, five of whom are also doctors, we have the expertise to handle your prostate cancer lawsuit. In one case, a patient had a recurrence of prostate cancer and ultimately died due to a delayed diagnosis.
Melanoma develops in the skin cells that produce melanin, the pigment that gives color to your skin. It is the most serious type of skin cancer. The cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage occurs to the skin cells that lead to rapid multiplication and the formation of malignant tumors.
A spinal hematoma or epidural hematoma is a collection of blood that presses on the spinal cord or nearby nerves. Bleeding into the epidural space can be caused by an epidural injection, back trauma, lumbar puncture, anticoagulant medication, traumatic fall or a catastrophic injury or accident.
It has been estimated that missed, incorrect, or delayed diagnoses affect as much as five percent of—or 12 million—medical cases within the United States annually. Of those, about half of all diagnosis errors are harmful. For instance, a late or missed diagnosis of cancer can lead to a spread of the disease and result in unnecessary surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Such a missed or misdiagnosis could also lead to reduced life span and death.
Approximately 1.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and misdiagnosis is not uncommon. Last year, tissue samples from 6,000 cancer patients across the country were reviewed by researchers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. It was determined that one out of every 71 cases was misdiagnosed, and up to one out of every five cancer cases was misclassified.
Endometrial cancer begins in the layer of cells that forms the lining of the uterus. It is sometimes referred to as cancer of the uterus or uterine cancer. The first sign of endometrial cancer can be vaginal bleeding not associated with a woman’s period or menstrual cycle. Other symptoms can include pelvic pain or pain accompanying sexual intercourse or urination. If you have gone through menopause, it is very important to report any abnormal discharge, vaginal spotting or bleeding to your doctor.