• From the Desk of a Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: The Cost of False Positives in Breast Cancer

    Posted on August 17th, 2015 admin No comments

    You don’t need to be a cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland to understand that getting cancer wrong can be expensive. A recent study manages to put a price tag on breast cancer: $4 billion a year, for false positive mammograms and the over diagnosis of breast cancer in women ages 40 to 59.

    The study was published last April in the journal Health Affairs.

    According to the report, about 11 percent of the women surveyed had a false positive result, which means about 3.2 million women in the nation received a false positive that cost $2.8 billion in health care spending.

    “Ultimately, the decision to undergo breast cancer screening must be based on careful consideration of the trade-offs between the benefits and the harms of screening,” the report’s authors wrote. “We need a balanced message that continues to encourage women to seek medical care when they detect a breast lump, but we should also caution them about the negative consequences of over-detection from mammography.”

    Of course, that only reflects the cost of false positives. False negatives, on the other hand, carry an untold cost, including potentially that of a life. If you believe you have been the victim of a false diagnosis, contact a Linton Law Firm cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland for a free consultation today.

  • From the Desk of a Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: More Than One-quarter of Cancers Misdiagnosed

    Posted on September 5th, 2014 admin No comments

    A recent study published by the BMJ Quality and Safety journal pegs cancer misdiagnosis at a shocking 28 percent, with more than a quarter of all cancer cases in the US misdiagnosed at considerable danger to the patient. Lymphoma was reported to be the most commonly misdiagnosed cancer, followed by breast cancer, sarcomas, melanomas and cancer of an unknown site. Those numbers are a daily reality for a cancer misdiagnosis attorney Cleveland, who regularly sees these examples of misdiagnosis as a daily part of the job.

    Reasons for misdiagnosis generally ranged from “fragmented or missing information across medical information systems” (38.5 percent), “inadequate pathology diagnostic resources” (22 percent) and “inadequate genetic/genomic information available at the time of diagnosis” (20.3 percent).

    And it’s not necessarily the fault of the physician, but an inevitable result of the unrealistic demands and pressures placed on the medical profession.

    “Doctors today are increasingly time-strapped,” stated David Seligman, chairman and chief executive officer of Best Doctors, in a release. “Many of them are seeing up to 30 patients a day. They’re working in an overburdened health system with fractured or incomplete medical records. All of these things too often directly impact health outcomes – no matter how dedicated or skilled the physician may be.”

    Cancer misdiagnosis is unfortunately a common mistake, one that’s becoming increasingly prevalent in the financially strapped and resource demanding reality of today’s medical system. If you believe your cancer was misdiagnosed, talk to a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney at Linton Law Firm to decide your best legal strategy. Misdiagnosis should be held accountable.