• Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: Nearly Half of All Vascular Events, Infections, or Cancer Misdiagnoses Result in Permanent Disability or Death

    Posted on July 20th, 2020 admin No comments

    These are shocking figures to most, but unsurprising to any cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland. Nearly 10% of patients in the United States with symptoms caused by major vascular events, infections, or cancers actually are misdiagnosed, according to a recent Johns Hopkins School of Medicine–led study published in the journal Diagnosis.

    What’s more, nearly one-half, or 53.9%, of those misdiagnosed suffer a permanent disability or die because of the error. Plus, nearly 3/4 of all serious misdiagnosis-related harms in malpractice claims stem from those three areas – major vascular events, infections, or cancer.

    The data is clear: Cancer misdiagnosis is surprisingly common and can be very deadly or debilitating.

    Details of the Study

    Researchers aggregated rates for the 15 diseases from 28 published studies involving 91,755 patients. Among other types of misdiagnosis, the study looked at five key cancers, including lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and melanoma.

    The study noted:

    “Diagnostic improvement initiatives should focus on dangerous conditions with higher diagnostic error and misdiagnosis-related harm rates.

    “Finally, it is worth pointing out that diseases historically receiving the most sustained attention to diagnosis (i.e. research funding, clinical quality improvement, public awareness) are the ones with the lowest harm rates. Myocardial infarction is the prototype and the only acute illness approaching the target “standard” of <1% harmed often cited in the emergency department. This is, of course, after a half century of focused efforts to automate electrocardiogram interpretation, develop and refine biomarkers (e.g. troponin) and create routine diagnostic protocols for chest pain or suspected acute coronary syndromes. Similarly, basic research studies and clinical trials focused on prostate cancer biomarkers (e.g. prostate-specific antigen) date back to the 1960s. Achieving similar gains may be possible for other key diseases, but only if we make sustained investments in improving diagnosis (e.g., missed stroke in acute dizziness, where novel bedside tests and tele-medicine have shown early promise).”

    Cancer misdiagnosis is a serious and often overlooked issue. If you know of someone who has had a cancer misdiagnosis, contact one of our cancer misdiagnosis lawyers in Cleveland for a free consultation.

     

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Pro Ball Player Nearly Dies from Medical Error

    Posted on January 27th, 2020 admin No comments

    One professional Washington Redskin football player’s cancer misdiagnosis has shaken his trust in the medical industry so badly, that he hasn’t played ball in a month.

     

    Our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney gets it. He’s seen clients who have lost all confidence in doctors and insurance companies that it’s understandable why it can be difficult to get up in the morning, much less trust medical professionals again.

    Tragedy Narrowly Averted

     

    Washington Redskins’ offensive lineman Trent Williams recently revealed he was diagnosed with a rare cancer. But the tumor was actually misdiagnosed for 2 years.

     

    Williams hasn’t played a game this year because he mistrusts the team’s medical staff who made the cancer misdiagnosis.

     

    “I almost lost my life,” Williams told reporters on Thursday, according to the Washington Post.

    The Thin Line of Time

     

    Williams was diagnosed with Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans, or DFSP, a “very rare” type of skin cancer that grows on the connective tissue cells in the middle layer of the skin known as the dermis, according to the Maya Clinic. The trouble is the cancer can initially look like a bruise or a scar.

     

    “We literally caught it within weeks of metastasizing through to my brain to my skull,” Williams said, according to the Post. “[It was] a scary thing to go through.”

     

    Fortunately it was caught in time. Cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Cleveland found that many others have not been so lucky. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis error, contact our law firm for a free consultation.

     

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Mother Undergoes Mastectomy as a Result of Error

    Posted on August 19th, 2019 admin No comments

    One cancer misdiagnosis recently left a mother of two severely traumatized. At 28 years old, Sarah Boyle underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy before the Royal Stoke University Hospital realized it had made an unfortunate mistake.

    These kinds of stories are all too familiar for a cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland. Those who made the error must be held accountable for their actions.

    In this case, the results of a biopsy sample were incorrectly recorded.

    Increased Risk, Ongoing Trauma

    Sadly, Boyle now faces an increased risk of cancer because of the breast implants. She has also been told the treatment may affect her fertility.

    Boyle related the tragedy of her experience and the difficulties she continues to face as a result:

    “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family,” she said.

    “Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatizing.

    “And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn’t breastfeed him.

    “As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy.”

    If you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis, call our office immediately for a free consultation from one of our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorneys.

     

     

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Is Cancer Being Over-treated with Unnecessary Toxic and Invasive Procedures?

    Posted on September 17th, 2018 admin No comments

    Here’s a troubling issue our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland recently came across. Not only is cancer misdiagnosis surprisingly common, but so is the overtreatment of cancer.

     

    This summer, doctors at the American Society of Clinical Oncology raised the issue as a serious concern. It turns out that for many cancers, anti-hormone treatment can be just as effective as chemotherapy. Data revealed at the meeting indicated that the most common form of breast cancer, known as hormone-positive, HER-2 negative disease, found hormone treatment to be just as effective as chemotherapy, providing the cancer had not progressed beyond the lymph nodes.

     

    Research from a French study found similar data related to colon cancer. A third study found that patients battling kidney cancer could be spared surgery and the loss of their kidney with similar hormone therapy.

     

    The studies suggest “an excellent example of how less is more,” when it comes to certain cancer treatments, says Dr. Andrew Epstein, an oncologist from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who spoke on behalf of ASCO, told NPR.

    The Takeaway

    So the good news? If you have been misdiagnosed and in fact do have cancer, research the benefits of hormone therapy. It may help you avoid toxic chemotherapy altogether, as well as invasive surgery. And don’t ever hesitate to get a second opinion.

     

    If ever you feel that you or loved one have been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, please do not hesitate – contact our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney for a free consultation.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: One Woman’s Story and the Trauma of Medical Errors

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 admin No comments

    Ask many of the clients of our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland – the trauma of a cancer misdiagnosis can often seem as if “you’ve been thrown to the wolves,” even if the wolves turn out to be a medical mistake. Having limited time left to your life and saying goodbye to loved ones, is the definition of trauma, even if it turns out you are actually perfectly healthy.

     

    Such was the experience of Jan Scott, who had been misdiagnosed with terminal lung cancer. In June, she was told the cancer was far too advanced for chemotherapy or radiotherapy and that she had five months to live. She flew her three grandchildren to Dunedin from Australia for a final visit to say goodbye and began planning her funeral.

     

    Yet she felt no physical pain. With the help of a hospice doctor, she sought further tests and had a PET scan, which ended up revealing no cancer.

     

    The hospital even sent Scott a letter to minimize the impact of the mistake by saying she lived with the misdiagnosis for only a few weeks, when in fact it was months, she said.

    An Unapologetic Medical System

     

    At the very least, she’d like an apology.

     

    ”I would like an apology more than anything,” Scott told the Otago Daily Times. ”I just want a bit of closure on the whole unfortunate case. All he actually said to me was: ‘We do make mistakes’.”

     

    Scott was fortunate to be on the healthy side of a cancer misdiagnosis. Many others are not so lucky, and the error can prove fatal. If you have been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, contact our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney for a free consultation.

     

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Why a Second, Third, Even Fourth Opinion May Help To Save Your Life

    Posted on December 28th, 2017 admin No comments

    What is the cost of assuming your doctor knows best? Everything, literally, can be on the line when a doctor makes his or her diagnosis. And yes, as our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will tell you, getting a second opinion, even if the diagnosis is positive, can save your life.

    Consider this: 40,000 to 80,000 deaths occur in the U.S. from diagnostic error, and as many as 17 percent of diagnoses are inaccurate, according to a 2015 diagnostic report from The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

    Not detecting cancer early enough kills. It’s as simple as that.

    “Making the final diagnosis is the doctor’s responsibility,” Dr. Vinita Parkash, a professor of pathology at the Yale School of Medicine, assesses. “The doctor pulls together all the pieces of information, including history, signs, symptoms and test results, to name the disease that is the cause of the patient’s malady. It is that label, that diagnosis, which will accompany the patient through her health care journey and determine what will happen to her.”

    Escalating Medical Complexity, Increases Risk

    What is worrisome is the fact that misdiagnosis is likely on the rise in an age of increasing complexity and evolving medical approaches.

    “Doctors face increasingly higher caseloads and administrative burdens,” Dr. Parkash points out. “Keeping pace with changes in medical knowledge is ever more challenging; it is estimated that medical knowledge will double every 73 days in 2020.”

    So by all means, get a second opinion, or three or four, even if the results come back benign. That’s advice from our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney that may very well save your life. Trust us. Your family will thank you.

  • Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney Cleveland: Michigan Woman Has Unnecessary Double Mastectomy

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 admin No comments

    A Michigan woman had a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy she didn’t need, because of a cancer misdiagnosis.

    As our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will point out, incorrect diagnoses where there isn’t really cancer can be a serious health issue, altering lives irrevocably on the basis of faulty data.

    Colleen Hanna had breast pain in October of 2012. An ultrasound and mammogram came back normal, but a blood test indicated she was BRCA positive.

    As ABC12.com reports:

    “The BRCA gene test is a blood test that uses DNA analysis to identify harmful mutations in either one of the two breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. A woman who tests positive is more susceptible to developing breast and ovarian cancer. Doctors recommended Hanna have a double mastectomy, the removal of both breasts, to reduce the risk that she would develop breast cancer.”

    Upon doctor recommendation, Hanna had a hysterectomy in May 2014.

    The problem? The BRCA test actually never happened, and the results were falsified. Hanna had a BRCA test done in 2016, which came back negative.

    And now she’s permanently disfigured as a result of the erroneous diagnosis.

    Hanna is suing four medical institutions, including Mid Michigan Physicians Group in Midland, and five doctors for negligence and fraud.

    “Unbelievable carelessness, and arrogance, the doctors just proceeding on, and can’t imagine a doctor not looking at a, at least a report of an x-ray before doing surgery on somebody. They didn’t do this at all,” said Hanna’s attorney Victor Mastromarco.

  • Why Our Cleveland Misdiagnosis Lawyer Always Recommends a Second Opinion

    Posted on July 25th, 2017 admin No comments

    Want some free advice from a cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland? Always get a second opinion when it comes to serious medical conditions, especially cancer. A recent analysis found that more than 20 percent of all diagnoses are incorrect.

    An analysis at the Mayo Clinic found that only 12 percent of the people who asked specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to review their cases had received correct diagnoses. The rest received diagnoses considered only partly accurate according to the Mayo doctors’ evaluations.

    Fatal Errors in Judgment

    Needless to say, mistakes left uncorrected can be devastating and oftentimes deadly. Previous analysis found that 10 percent of all hospital deaths are the result of a misdiagnosis.

    “Diagnostic error is an area where we need more research, more study and more information,” said James Naessens, a professor of health services research at the Mayo Clinic, who led the study. “The second opinion is a good approach for certain patients to figure out what’s there and to keep costs down.”

    So take the recommendation of your cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland. Listen to your doctor, but then receive a second opinion. Having more opinions to weigh in on serious medical matters is good for your health.

  • Is Overdiagnosis Reason Enough to Call a Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney in Cleveland?

    Posted on April 21st, 2017 admin No comments

    A new study links mammograms to overdiagnosis of cancer. In the experience of our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney, overdiagnosis can in some ways be just as dangerous as misdiagnosis.The study linked routine mammogram screening to over-diagnosis of non-aggressive tumors, identifying tumors unlikely to be fatal without curbing the diagnosis of advanced cancer stages.

    Better safe than sorry, right? Actually, no.

    “Overdiagnosis means that healthy women get unnecessary breast cancer diagnoses,” Dr. Karsten Juhl Jorgensen, lead scientist in the study, told Fox News. “A breast cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event for the woman and her family, with substantial implications for their quality of life. It also leads to overtreatment with surgery, radiotherapy and sometimes chemotherapy – we know these treatments have serious, sometimes lethal, consequences.”

    No Link for Advanced Cases

    The study compared screening results over a single time period of two regions of Denmark. One offered biennial mammography for women aged 50 to 69, and one that didn’t. The study examined data on more than 1.4 million Danish women aged 35 to 84 from 1980 to 2010. Screening wasn’t linked to a lower incidence of advanced cancer cases.

    So should women just forgo mammogram screening? Not exactly. The researchers suggested that would depend on age and family history. At best, however, results would be better taken with a grain of salt.

    If you feel you may have been overdiagnosed, you might consider talking to one of our cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Cleveland. We offer free consultations..

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: 1 in 71 Cases Misdiagnosed

    Posted on March 20th, 2017 admin No comments

    Most people are surprised by the statistics. But for a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, the stats, while alarming, prove why litigation is necessary in holding medical professionals accountable for their diagnostic mistakes. In the right direction, a cancer misdiagnosis might be a relief from a living nightmare. In the wrong direction, a misdiagnosis could very well prove to be a death sentence.

    Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore found that one out of every 71 cases was misdiagnosed, based on the tissue samples they studied from 6,000 people across the country. Moreover, up to one in five cases was misclassified.

    “That can change whether a patient gets no treatment, vs. surgery, vs. radiation,” Dr. Jonathan Epstein of The Johns Hopkins Hospital told ABC News.  “If they get surgery or radiation, which type?”

    Part of the problem is that despite medical technology advances, the diagnosis pretty much comes down to a judgment call.

    “We really still make the diagnosis pretty much the way we did for the last 50 years,” Dr. Leonard Zwelling of the MD Anderson Cancer Center told ABC News. “It has to come down to looking at a piece of the tumor on a slide by a pathologist.”

    Bottom line, be certain to always secure a second opinion. And if you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis, consult a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyer. Medical accountability matters. People’s very lives depend on it.