Arizona patients may benefit from learning more about a study that recently reviewed existing trends among medical malpractice lawsuits. Researchers discovered that the majority of the settlements included various nondisclosure provisions, some which actually impose restrictions beyond the scope of improving health care for patients. The study involved reviewing settled malpractice cases from over 6,000 physicians. According to the researchers, there were nondisclosure clauses included in 90 percent of the final settlements.
As many Arizona parents may know, measles are on the rise in several states including Arizona and California, and infection may result from exposure to travelers who were not vaccinated. Many younger physicians, according to a professor at the University of California in San Diego, have no experience with measles and may not recognize it.
Misdiagnosis of disease is a major problem for the Arizona medical community, and it is one that continues to be serious. A misdiagnosis is generally considered a medical diagnosis that subsequent testing or findings have conclusively determined was in error, missed or delayed. Misdiagnosis may lead to death, and is often a contributing factor in medical malpractice suits.
Arizona patients who are under 50 may be surprised to learn that they may be at risk for suffering a stroke. More importantly, however, they may also be surprised to learn that doctors and emergency room staff often fail to diagnose strokes in young patients, which could lead to temporary or permanent brain damage.
Patients in Arizona are usually diagnosed with cancer after a doctor takes a cell or tissue sample and looks at it under a microscope. The doctor may confirm that cancer is present by viewing the sample, or the diagnosis may be made after proteins, DNA and RNA in the sample are tested in a lab.
Arizona medical patients may place complete trust in physicians when it comes to diagnosing medical disorders. Mistakes in diagnostics, known as misdiagnoses, are defined as delays in, missed or wrong diagnoses.
Individuals in Arizona who are considering filing a lawsuit related to medical malpractice and a misdiagnosis may be interested to learn that such misdiagnoses are not uncommon. In fact, there are about a dozen chronic and acute illnesses that are commonly misdiagnosed in the U.S.
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