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Medical malpractice may occur when your surgeon leaves the room

Anyone anticipating an operation in a New York hospital may be concerned. Recent reports name surgical mistakes as one of the leading causes of death and reasons for medical malpractice claims in the country. However, it may be surprising to learn that the doctor a patient authorizes to do the surgery may not be the one actually performing the operation. In fact, a surgeon may not even be in the room while the patient is anesthetized.

New York lawmakers consider medical malpractice changes

When a 41-year-old mother went to the doctor feeling ill, she had a treatable form of cancer in her lung. However, the doctor who examined her did not tell her about the mass on her lung, and the disease spread untreated. By the time doctors diagnosed the cancer in her body, it was too late to save her life. Additionally, the time limit for filing a medical malpractice claim in New York had also passed.

Can cancer be misdiagnosed?

Yes, cancer can be misdiagnosed -- or diagnosed too late. In one type of misdiagnosis, doctors tell patients they have cancer. Later, they find out they do not. This can happen when doctors misread screening tests. For example, a colorectal cancer test requires proper preparation of the bowels. If they are not, a misreading of the test results could be more likely. This type of misdiagnosis can cause huge emotional suffering, but in many cases, there are no long-term physical effects. That said, some people diagnosed with cancer undergo harsh chemotherapy and other unneeded procedures before the truth comes out.

Doctors risk medical malpractice by failing to screen newborns

Many parents in New York are justifiably hypervigilant when it comes to the health of their children. When parents notice that something isn't right with their children, they rely on pediatricians to find out what is wrong or to put their minds at ease. However, all too often, doctors may neglect to follow up with their most important diagnostic tool: lab results. When a doctor misplaces or forgets about a patient's test results, the doctor may fail to diagnose a treatable illness, leaving parents to consider medical malpractice claims.

Some specialties have higher risk of medical malpractice

Going to the doctor is seldom pleasant. Even for a routine checkup, there is a level of nervousness about the possibilities. If the doctor finds something irregular, chances are good the patient will be sent to a specialist, and that may increase one's anxiety even more. Medical malpractice data published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a patient's anxiety about seeing a specialist may not be unfounded.

Doctor accused of medical malpractice after woman's death

Surgery is a frightening prospect for many people in New York. When asked why, many will say they do not like to be put to sleep. The practice of anesthesiology is delicate and deals with many variables, any of which may become a crucial element in a patient's survival of the procedure. One doctor in another state is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit following a surgery that ended a woman's life.

Woman files medical malpractice claim after crippling infection

When preparing for a routine medical procedure, it is common for patients in New York and elsewhere to feel a little nervous. After all, anytime people are sedated and their bodies opened for surgery, there is a risk of complications. Those complications are often preventable, and when patients are left with the devastating consequences of medical malpractice, they may seek compensation.

Family files medical malpractice suit for fatal dental procedure

Sometimes surgical procedures are risky, and patients and their families in New York understand the higher possibility of injury or death. However, when death results from a routine, seemingly simple surgery, families are often left stunned and confused. Parents in another state are devastated after the death of their vibrant teenage daughter during a dental extraction. After denying their intent to sue for medical malpractice, the parents have reconsidered.

Medical malpractice reform may be on its way

Top lawmakers and some members of the incoming presidential administration are planning sweeping reforms in the country's health care system. One major change they propose involves medical malpractice, which they feel is reaching a state of crisis. According to proponents of reform, lawsuit abuse in New York and across the country wastes hundreds of billions of dollars as doctors order expensive, unnecessary tests to protect themselves from being sued.

Mother claims medical malpractice after baby mix-up

Historically, mothers of nobility would pass their newborns to hired women who would breastfeed them. This typically doesn't happen anymore in New York or other states because medical science has learned a great deal about the special qualities of a mother's milk. One mother who is well aware of those qualities is suing a hospital in her state for medical malpractice for a mix-up that risked endangering the health of her newborn.