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Illnesses and conditions that are commonly misdiagnosed

Most people in Arizona know when they are not feeling well and something is not quite right. Sometimes people may also know what may be wrong, such as having a cold, the flu or other common illnesses. However, people do not always know what may be wrong. Other times they may experience symptoms that are common for colds or the flu that are actually indications that something much more serious is wrong. In these situations, people rely on doctors to diagnose what may be wrong and how to treat it.

Doctors also go to school for a long time in order to learn about different potential diseases and conditions and the symptoms to look at to determine what is wrong. However, sometimes doctors do not properly analyze all possibilities or incorrectly determine what disease is causing the problems. If they fail to diagnose a disease incorrectly it can be very detrimental to people's health and a condition that may have been treatable grows worse and becomes much more difficult to treat and control.

Many spinal surgeons have operated on the wrong level of a spine

Doctors in Arizona must go through extensive education and training before they can become a doctor. This is because they provide an extremely valuable service for people. They can help heal people from their injuries and illnesses. However, in order to effectively do this, doctors need to have a very good knowledge of the human body and how it works not only to appropriately diagnose a problem, but then to prescribe the correct medication or conduct the appropriate procedure.

Then once they know which procedure or surgery must be done to treat the problem, they also need to correctly operate on people, so the surgery is actually effective. If doctors make surgical errors it does not matter whether they accurately diagnosed the problem and determined the correct surgery. People still could be left in a worse position than they would have been in prior to the surgery.

Missed diagnoses are complex; get help for your case

It's an interesting fact, but the failure to diagnose a patient is the top reason patients sue doctors. A study that reviewed information about medical malpractice claims from Australia, the United States, France and Canada discovered that between 26% and 63% of claims were a result of or related to missed diagnoses.

Of the types of diagnoses that went unknown, the most common were:

  • Heart attacks in adults
  • Meningitis in children
  • Breast cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Lung cancer
  • Colon cancer

Mothers can suffer serious injuries while giving birth

When mothers have babies in Arizona it can be a very joyous time. It can also be a relief after going through the pain of the actual child birth process. It is a natural process, but it is also a very difficult physical process as well. Mothers are obviously built to do this, but it can also cause significant injuries to them as well. There are many different birth injuries that can occur. Some of them are certainly preventable.

Injuries that can occur include, but are not limited to, abnormal uterine bleeding, broken bones, pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, c-section issues, infections, vaginal tears, peripartum injuries and other types of injuries. These injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, but if mothers suffer these types of injuries, the mother may require surgeries and additional medical treatment, which can cost much more money than a child birth already costs. It also means that they will need to spend more time in the hospital and not with their newborn child.

Informed consent required prior to medical treatment for minors

There are various professionals that perform different services in Arizona. These professionals train to learn a certain trade or to provide certain services so they can provide it for others who do not understand how to do a certain things. One of these services that most people do not understand is how to diagnose and treat medical problems that occur throughout their lives. Therefore, they go to doctors and mother medical professionals who have gone through extensive training to learn how to treat various illnesses and injuries.

While people go to doctors to receive their medical expertise and to treat various ailments that they do not understand, ultimately patients still make the final decisions about their bodies. Therefore, prior to performing medical treatment, doctors and other medical professionals need to obtain informed consent to perform the treatment before it starts. This is true for all patients as well, including minors. However, in the case of minors, the informed consent may also have to come from the parents as well.

Study shows preventable medical errors affect 1 in 20 patients

Avoidable medical mistakes continue to be a troubling health concern in Arizona and across the United States, according to the medical journal BMJ. The study used data from 70 surveys involving more than 337,000 patients.

The study found medical errors impact 6% of all patients surveyed, with the most significant number of mistakes related to medication and other treatments. Furthermore, results show an alarming 12% of preventable errors lead to permanent disability or even death.

Victims of nursing home abuse could receive compensation

As people grow older, the body will not be as strong and people will experience more physical problems than they may have had when they were younger. Some of these physical problems will create a situation in which people are no longer able to care for themselves. In these situations, family members may need to move the loved one to assisted living or a nursing home so that they can receive the additional care that they need.

The loved ones hopefully will research and find the most appropriate facility that will properly care for the loved one. However, the people caring for patients in nursing homes make mistakes or may be overworked and neglect patients. This nursing home abuse and/or neglect of the patients can lead to additional, more severe medical problems that require additional medical treatment.

Why timely and correct diagnosis is important

When people go see doctors and other medical professionals they expect that they will be treated correctly for their injury or illness and start to get better. However, sometimes there is nothing that a doctor can do to treat the illness or injury and it will not get better no matter what they do. Other times, however, the condition gets worse because the doctor failed to diagnose the injury or illness. Doctors are supposed to try to diagnose the problem based on the symptoms that a person is suffering from at the time.

There are many illnesses that can cause similar symptoms, so doctors need to look at various potential problems and rank which ones are most likely and then go down their list to determine what is actually causing the symptoms. So, it is very important that doctors do not dismiss certain symptoms or fail to pursue further testing to rule out various problems that could be causing the symptoms.

Major errors are made during surgery each year

Not all illnesses and injuries will require medical treatment to heal, but many do. Medical treatment can include medications, various medical equipment and, in some situations, surgery. When people have surgery they put a lot of trust in the doctors that the surgery will be performed correctly, and most of the time that is true.

However, doctors and other medical professionals are human and, just like everyone else, they make mistakes from time to time. There are risks involved in every surgery and some complications are not the fault of doctors, but some surgical errors are clearly the doctors' fault and should never happen.

Common birth injuries caused by medical negligence

When people in Arizona have a baby it can be a very exciting time. However, before they have the baby the mother must go through labor and the delivery. Just like most medical procedures, many times the whole process goes as smoothly as it can and people have healthy babies, but this is not true for everyone. There are many complications that can arise during the pregnancy and during the actual birth of the child.

These complications can result in birth injuries or other issues for the baby, which can be very detrimental for the baby. Some of these injuries and complications have nothing to do with the medical professionals helping during the birth, but medical professionals do make mistakes and are responsible for some of them.

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