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Studies say misdiagnosis a big reason for med mal claims

A pair of studies released recently further confirm that misdiagnoses are a big reason patients choose to file medical malpractice claims. According to one study of 1,800 medical malpractice claims, 46 percent involved either a missed or delayed diagnosis. Moreover, misdiagnoses accounted for the lion's share of compensation paid to victims, accounting for 68 percent of such costs.

Breathing tube mistakes can have deadly results

As part of their jobs, anesthesiologists, emergency physicians and the like are expected to act quickly and carefully even when under profound pressure. Although not every undesired result is a case of negligence, if a physician's error causes a patient in the Kansas City area an injury, then that patient may be able to get compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. The fact that a doctor was under the gun or even in a life-or-death situation is not always an excuse for a mistake.

Paralysis can be the result of surgeries gone wrong

No matter what the cause, paralysis is a very difficult condition for a Kansas City resident to endure. It not only means the loss of movement but also other unpleasant effects on one's physical and mental health. Paralysis actually comes in many different shapes and sizes. It can include the temporary loss of movement, as well as situations in which one's muscles can be moved, but only with difficulty. In the most serious cases, a victim of paralysis will not be able to voluntarily move any muscle below the neck. This means the victim will likely need constant care and assistance.

Several nursing homes make watch list

Many nursing homes in Missouri and elsewhere rely heavily on income from Medicaid and Medicare, the federal government's programs that pays most medical bills for elderly and low-income patients. As part of their agreement to take Medicaid and Medicare patients, these homes must follow detailed safety and patient care standards and submit themselves to inspection from time to time.

The causes and dangers of hypoxia during child birth

Although child birth is supposed to be a happy time both for the parents and, presumably, the newborn as well, it is also a risky process. There are a lot of things that can go wrong while delivering a child, which is why most parents trust an experienced doctor and medical team to help them safely deliver a healthy baby.

Honest mistakes in diagnosis versus medical malpractice

A previous post on this blog talked about the disastrous effects a misdiagnosis or even a failure of a doctor to make a timely diagnosis can have on a Kansas City resident. Indeed, patients on both sides of the state line have every right to expect their doctors to tell them what is wrong with them promptly and accurately.

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