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Delayed Diagnosis: Lung Cancer

Major advancements have improved treatment of various types of cancer and the life spans of those diagnosed. Cancer was once considered a death sentence, but now there is hope in treating and recovering from the disease. Early detection, however, is vital. A misdiagnosis or even a briefly delayed diagnosis can make a treatable condition untreatable.

Can a slip-and-fall be linked to Medical Malpractice?

We go to hospitals to recover, not to get injured. Sometimes medical mistakes lead to injuries. But if you fall during a hospital visit, can it be considered medical malpractice?

Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

A recent study published in the BMJ indicates that medical errors in hospitals and from other health care facilities are very common and may be the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to the study, 251,000, lives every year are cut short due to medical errors. This is higher than respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer's and accidents.

Potential Hepatitis Exposure from Beckley Heart Clinic

A March 11, 2016, letter from Health Commissioner Dr. Rahul Gupta suggests that patients who had cardiac stress tests performed at Raleigh Heart Clinic, in Beckley, WV, between March 1, 2012, and March 27, 2015 should be tested for hepatitis. This letter stems from a West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources investigation concerning several cases of viral hepatitis seemly associated with the Raleigh Heart Clinic.

Medical Handoff Errors Cause Medical Malpractice

Like a fumble in football when the quarterback fails to get the ball squarely in his running back's hands, fumbles occur also in the medical setting, and when they do, the results are often equally game-changing.

July is Medical Malpractice Awareness Month

Statistics show that at least 210,000 to 440,000 individuals suffer from an avoidable injury caused by medical professionals that ultimately leads to the patient's death every year[1]. Our hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare professionals carry the responsibility to obey conventional medical standards that are brought forth through the American Medical Association, and other medical organizations and societies. When a medical professional fails to satisfy these requirements during treatment or practices carelessly, and you or a loved one is harmed as a result, you may have a medical malpractice claim to hold the medical professional legally responsible.

Use of Power Morcellators may cause uterine cancer to spread

A power morcellator is a medical device used most often in female-specific surgeries like hysterectomies. The morcellator is used to grind uterine fibroids into microscopic pieces so that it can then be removed from a woman's uterus by small incisions in her abdomen.

Supreme Court Rules Nursing Home Responsible for Wrongful Death

On June 18, 2014, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the case of Manor Care, Inc. v. Douglas. The facts of this case surrounded a woman named Dorthy Douglas, an elderly Alzheimer's patient who as admitted to a nursing home in September 2009. After a few weeks of being in the nursing home, it was alleged that Ms. Douglas showed signs of being bed ridden, dehydrated, had fallen multiple times, and had become largely unresponsive. Ms Douglas died shortly afterward.

This Week Is Medication Safety Week

Medication is something that needs to be prescribed properly as well as consumed properly. Roughly 7 million people misuse or abuse prescription drugs each month. This includes pain relievers, tranquilizers, sedatives and stimulants. Misuse of medication can occur anywhere with anyone including at home, in a nursing home, and on the streets.

Do I have a medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor harms a patient by failing to perform their medical duties properly. Medical malpractice claims must be proven and have basic requirements. There must have been a doctor-patient relationship, meaning the doctor was hired and agreed to be hired. The doctor had to be negligent in the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. The doctor's negligence has to be the cause of injury. The patient has to show where the injuries, more likely than not, were directly caused by the negligence of a doctor or medical professional.

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