Bowel perforation, delayed diagnosis could spell medical negligence

A bowel or colon perforation is a serious surgical complication that can result in lifelong pain and suffering or death if not addressed immediately. Bowel perforation is a risk with some surgical procedures including colonoscopy, laparoscopic procedures, hysterectomy, appendectomy, and other abdominal operations. It can also occur spontaneously due to a ruptured diverticulum, Crohn’s disease, or another underlying intestinal problem.

Large Stern verdict boosted by delay damages

 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.

Prostate cancer: Symptoms and the importance of screening

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.

Did my doctor miss the signs and symptoms of melanoma skin cancer?

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.

Common misdiagnoses

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.

Cancer misdiagnoses: Protecting yourself from unnecessary treatments and surgeries

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.

Abnormal vaginal bleeding can be a sign of endometrial cancer

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.

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