Failure to diagnose a vertebral artery dissection can lead to stroke

The vertebral arteries are blood vessels located on each side of your neck that supply blood and oxygen to your brain. A vertebral artery dissection occurs when there is a tear or slit in the artery and it allows blood to leak out of the vessel. After the blood oozes out it starts to form a blood clot or hematoma. If the blood continues to leak into the neck, the blood clot can continue to increase in size and eventually compresses the artery.

Here's why we reject 'tort reform' and you should, too

Few American law firms have the breadth of experience with medical malpractice lawsuits, or the number of successful medical malpractice verdicts and settlements, as Kline & Specter PC, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Our attorneys draw on that significant "MedMal" expertise when arguing against damages caps for these types of lawsuits.

What is cephalopelvic disproportion?

Cephalopelvic disproportion, or CPD, occurs when a baby’s head or body is too large to fit through a mother’s pelvis or birth canal. This may be due to a small pelvis, abnormally shaped pelvis, breech or transverse lie position or a large baby. If CPD is not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, it can cause fetal distress, brain damage, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries and other birth injuries.

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.

Birth Injuries

About 28,000 infants born in the United States each year—or 76 per day—suffer from a birth injury. In many instances, birth injuries arise due to medical mistakes, including miscommunication of pertinent medical information between practitioners during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Common birth injuries include, but are not limited to:

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.

Early identification is essential to surviving meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes, or meninges, surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Easily mistaken as the flu, signs of meningitis may develop over several hours or one to two days. Symptoms usually include severe headaches, stiff neck, sudden high fever, vomiting, and confusion. There may be additional symptoms of nausea, seizures, drowsiness, sensitivity to light, lack of interest in eating and drinking, and, in some instances, a purplish skin rash.

Medical Malpractice on Cruise Lines

A three-judge appellate panel has ruled that cruise lines should no longer be legally exempt from medical malpractice lawsuits. The decision comes from a 2011 case in which Pasquale Vaglio, an 82-year-old retired NYC policeman and Korean War veteran, fell and hit his head shortly after disembarking from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship for a sightseeing trip in Bermuda. After being ushered into the ship’s medical unit, a nurse gave Vaglio a cursory examination and instructed him to rest in his cabin.