Readers in Tucson may be interested to hear of a bill recently proposed by Representative Bob Thorpe to the Arizona state legislature. The bill, titled HB 2465, calls for medical malpractice lawsuits to be filed only by lawyers who have been certified by the Supreme Court of Arizona as official medical malpractice attorneys. The proposal does not define what certification might entail, however.
Proper medical treatment can extend the life of a patient significantly. Many conditions that were untreatable in the past are now fully treatable because of constant advances in medical care. When the treatment goes wrong, however, due to the failure to diagnose an illness, for example, patients may face worsening conditions or miss out on treatment options entirely. When this occurs, the patient may sue for medical malpractice. In an effort to protect the patient's medical privacy during a malpractice suit, one state has limited doctor-lawyer talks, a limitation that the people of Arizona may be interested in hearing about.
When you or a loved one goes to the hospital for treatment, you rightfully expect the best care possible. When you get something less and tragedy follows, it's hard to accept. Nothing can right the wrongs done by a negligent healthcare provider, but there are options under the law that could make you eligible for compensation.
One type of medical malpractice that a negligent physician can commit is the failure to diagnose a medical condition. This may result in a worsened condition for the patient, which can have tragic consequences.
On occasion, a doctor may misdiagnose a disease or condition. In some cases, the misdiagnosis can include a serious element of failure to diagnose, such as a failure to diagnose cancer. This blog has previously discussed the issue of failure to diagnose. But a recent settlement ended a protracted battle in court just days before the evidence was to be presented in trial over an alleged misdiagnosis that involved a potentially life-threatening disease that the patient did not have.
Seven years ago, a 44-year-old woman went to the doctor because she was suffering from vomiting, cramping, diarrhea and other symptoms. Doctors looked at her age and diagnosed her with the flu. The medical professionals did not conduct any tests of the woman to determine whether or not she had colorectal cancer, essentially because of her age. The doctors reportedly thought the woman was too young for that type of cancer.
A jury has awarded an East Coast woman a verdict that reaches into nine figures in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors at three separate city hospitals reportedly failed to diagnose the woman's skin disorder when she sought treatment in 2004. The lawsuit alleged that doctors failed to properly treat the woman's illness or that the doctors failed to act promptly to treat the underlying condition that the woman was suffering from.
Most people in Arizona are well aware that when a person has cancer, it is vital that the disease is diagnosed as soon as possible. Early diagnosis of many forms of cancer can make a huge difference in the available treatments and improve outcomes for cancer patients. When symptoms present, a doctor's failure to diagnose cancer can have significant adverse consequences for a patient.
Recent research conducted at Harvard Medical School indicates that as many as one-third of doctors in the United States may not fully agree that they should reveal all mistakes to their patients. The study involved nearly 1,900 medical doctors across the country in a variety of practice areas. The research shows that the majority of doctors agree that physicians should be truthful with patients, but the feeling was not unanimous among the medical professionals.
Health care has received a great deal of attention in this country in recent years. Certainly, when we visit the doctor, we rely upon the medical professional's education and training to help ensure that we, as patients, receive proper care. A recent story from outside of Arizona highlights the devastation a family can suffer when an underlying medical condition is left untreated.