Receiving a diagnosis of cancer really makes you think about your life. Once your doctors determine that you have this disease, they have to identify what type of cancer you have. The treatment course that you will follow is dependent upon a correct diagnosis.
Mesothelioma is a potentially devastating form of cancer no matter when you receive your diagnosis. It is also a cancer primarily brought on by asbestos exposure, so individuals who do develop mesothelioma should always try to identify any environments or events that may have exposed them to asbestos. It is likely that asbestos exposure caused your mesothelioma, and the party who exposed you to asbestos may hold legal liability.
We are all grateful for the men and women who serve as doctors and other medical care professionals, but it is still frustrating and disappointing when a doctor we depend on makes the wrong call and misdiagnoses an ailment. As much as we'd like to think that misdiagnosis is only a once-in-a-while anomaly, it happens much more often than you might expect.
Many people who develop lung cancer experience a misdiagnosis because they "don't fit the profile." Even though lunch cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in the United States, doctors often misdiagnose lung cancer if the patient is not a smoker.
When we read news stories about medical mistakes, surgical errors or negligent behavior on the part of a healthcare provider, it is often in the context of a very specific incident. One person may have been the victim of a surgical error or a doctor may have routinely neglected to conduct adequate examinations.
Medical malpractice claims are based in the concept of negligence, and under many circumstances lawsuits that allege negligence are not based on statutory law passed by the legislature.
Medical malpractice is a term that is frequently heard in news stories and conversations. You may be wondering, "What exactly is medical malpractice?" and perhaps more importantly, "If I believe that I have been a victim of medical malpractice, what should I do about it?"
More information is being released about mismanagement and poor care at Veterans Administration hospitals all over the country, including the one in Columbia, South Carolina. What some have claimed to be a successful model of socialized medicine may actually have long wait lists for general care and procedures, delays that may have even led to wrongful death.
South Carolina residents may be surprised to learn how frequently doctors make mistakes when diagnosing their patients' symptoms. A survey published on April 16 in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety reports that up to 12 million Americans, which equates to more than one in 20 adults, are misdiagnosed each year. The study was conducted by a Houston-based veterans affairs center that compiled research from several sources, including medical malpractice claims.