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Failure to diagnose brain tumor led to death

When a person faces a serious medical condition, time is often of the essence. When a diagnosis is delayed or missed completely, a patient could suffer longer than necessary, get worse or even die as a result of the ailment. Unfortunately, the failure to diagnose conditions is not uncommon and does result in numerous deaths.

New Jersey readers may be interested in such a situation that has led to a lawsuit in another state. Reports indicated that the administrator for the estate of a deceased man has filed the claim against a hospital where he sought treatment. Apparently, the man had gone for medical attention in 2015, and while receiving services from the hospital, the medical staff failed to diagnose a brain tumor from which the man was suffering.

Father files lawsuit after foreign object left in son's knee

Any type of surgical procedure has its risks. Most people hope that medical professionals will act in a manner that has them working to reduce and avoid risks as best as possible. Of course, not all operations go as planned and mistakes happen. In fact, a foreign object left after surgery can cause a number of issues.

New Jersey readers may be interested in a case in another state that involves such a scenario. Reports indicated that a boy of an undisclosed age had undergone a knee operation due to a defect in his joint that caused tearing of joint tissue. However, during the surgery, the metal tip of a drill got left inside his knee. This mistake caused the boy to suffer pain and also required additional medical attention to address the issue.

Hospital negligence can cause allergic reactions to prove deadly

Medical malpractice unfortunately takes place more often that it should. In some cases, hospital negligence can lead to fatal outcomes, and families can be left struggling to come to terms with their losses. When negligence has contributed to such an event, it may give New Jersey families facing such situations some sense of closure to seek justice against the parties considered responsible.

While it is understandable that medical staff cannot predict how each patient will react to certain procedures, it is within their professional duties to properly treat reactions as they occur. Unfortunately, this did not happen for one woman in another state who died three years ago after an allergic reaction to the contrast dye given for a CT scan. The woman went into anaphylactic shock after ingesting the dye, but rather than being given epinephrine to reverse the effects, the doctor only administered an antihistamine.

Legal action may be warranted if malpractice leads to death

Having a child can be one of the most rewarding moments in a person's life. When something goes wrong during pregnancy or delivery, that joyous moment can turn into a nightmare. With advances in technology, many children born prematurely can receive care that helps them thrive and go on to live healthy lives. Unfortunately, if doctors do not do their parts, a preventable death could occur.

New Jersey readers may be interested in two families who have recently filed suit against a hospital in another state. Reports indicated that both families had a child born prematurely. One mother indicated that she believed her daughter had a good chance of surviving, but unfortunately, that child and the baby boy of the other family died before they reached a month of life.

Pursuing a claim against a hospital: Liability issues

Hospitals are responsible for the things that happen within their walls. Whether it's a doctor who makes a mistake or an orderly who doesn't follow through on a task, everyone is under the watchful eye of the hospital administration.

When someone makes a mistake that puts a patient in danger, hospitals can face lawsuits. Think of a hospital as an entity instead of a facility and you'll understand how it stands as defendant in cases where patients are hurt.

Doctors often fail to diagnose women correctly

It is common for people in New Jersey and across the country to know their bodies well enough to notice when something is off with their health. Because they likely do not have extensive medical knowledge, they will typically go to see medical professionals in hopes of obtaining a diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, women are more likely to end up in situations where doctors fail to diagnose certain health issues.

Though most people would think that every patient's symptoms and health concerns should be taken seriously, that is not always the case. In fact, women often have a more difficult time convincing doctors and other medical professionals that they are experiencing pain. The dismissal of patient information and concerns could easily cause medical staff members to miss key symptoms of a serious health condition.

Death can occur from risky surgical techniques

Most medical procedures come with risks. However, when doctors utilize the best methods for the particular patient and situation, operations are often successful. Unfortunately, medical professionals do not always take the best approach when carrying out necessary procedures, and in tragic cases, death can result from negligent actions.

New Jersey readers may be interested in an out-of-state medical malpractice case that revolved around such an issue. Reports stated that in 2013, a woman had undergone a surgical procedure in order to address a hernia. During the operation, the doctor apparently performed a "risky and dangerous" procedure to close the opening in the diaphragm that had occurred. The technique apparently involved using tacks to close the opening, even though the tacks could move and reach the heart.

Negligent medical care can lead to death

The loss of a loved one can have tremendous impacts on surviving family members. Not only do individuals face emotional turmoil, but a sudden death could leave New Jersey families with financial difficulties and other hardships. In the event that medical mistakes or negligence proves fatal, there may be reason for family members to seek compensation.

Negligent care can easily lead a sick patient to suffer additional complications. This type of situation affected a family in another state when a 32-year-old man went to a hospital for a severely swollen leg. He was taken to the critical care unit due to having a serious bacterial infection, but his family stated that he was then neglected and that his condition only continued to worsen. He also suffered from toxic shock syndrome.

Lack of proper care may point to hospital negligence

Anyone can end up in need of medical care. When this situation comes about, New Jersey patients may need to see specialists or go to special facilities in hopes of obtaining the help they need to address their conditions. Unfortunately, hospital negligence could lead to a patient suffering more harm rather than seeing beneficial results.

Hospital negligence is a form of medical malpractice for which negatively affected individuals could seek compensation. One family in another state chose to file suit due to believing that their loved one did not receive proper care at a stroke facility, and as a result, she suffered paralysis to one side of her body and other negative outcomes. The family stated that rather than being treated by qualified attending physicians, the woman was often seen by interns and residents.

Some medications require ongoing oversight for patient safety

Modern medicine is amazing in many ways. Doctors can now diagnose conditions more effectively than in the past. There are new medicines coming out every day that can help people overcome serious illnesses or manage severe symptoms. Unfortunately, with that improvement in the ability to treat patients comes potential risk as well.

Every medication can cause side effects for patients. Some people are actually allergic to compounds used in certain drugs. Patients can end up suffering serious medical injury if their doctor is not proactive enough about continued oversight as the patient adjusts to a new medication. This includes monitoring use and potential for addiction to pain medication, as well as testing for issues with other prescriptions.

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