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Woman sues hopsital; claims her leg was amputed due to negligence

In Ohio's neighboring state of West Virginia, a woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Lifepoint Hospitals were negligent in her care, which ended up leading to her amputated leg. Other defendants in the case include two physicians and two physician's assistants.

How doctors are negligent by failing to treat a medical condition

When a patient receives treatment for a condition or disease that he or she does not have, the problem becomes twofold. First, the treatment that is not needed could cause harm to the patient. Second, the disease or condition the patient does have is not treated and could worsen.

Failure to diagnose flesh eating-bacteria leads to patient death

Last April, a 43-year-old man visited the Holzer Clinic complaining of fever, chills, congestion, body aches, headache and a cough. He had a 102.2 degree temperature. The doctor prescribed the man Tamiflu after tests for strep and influenza were negative. He was then released and sent home.

Why don't some patients get a diagnosis?

Most patients agree that a doctor's job is to find out what's wrong and to treat that condition if possible. When you go to a doctor, your simple question may be, "why am I dizzy?" or "Why does my stomach hurt?" Your doctor may focus on that single symptom, but he or she is also looking at other potential causes.

A delayed cancer diagnosis can put your child's life at risk

Failing to catch cancer early enough in its development can make it nearly impossible to eradicate, even using today's technology. It's not always easy to identify when a young adult has cancer. It's not typical to see cancer in such a young person, and that can mean that important signs and symptoms are dismissed by doctors.

Why is cancer often misdiagnosed?

Cancer is often misdiagnosed, putting patients' lives at risk. While many misdiagnoses have to do with the difficulty of finding cancer, some are caused by negligence of doctors. Failing to follow up with test results, confusing patient charts and other behaviors can lead to patients who suffer from progressing cancer when they should be getting treatment.

Failures in diagnoses can lead to suffering for patients

When you're concerned about your health, you go to the doctor and have tests performed. When those tests come back, you expect to find out what's wrong. When a doctor tells you that his diagnosis is the cause of your pain or illness, you believe him. Finding out later that the diagnosis was wrong and that you're seriously ill is not only traumatic, but something that might have been avoided with different tests or better care.

Four reasons why cancer is often misdiagnosed

Unfortunately, stories of misdiagnoses are fairly common among people fighting cancer. While an accurate and prompt diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death, many doctors get the diagnosis wrong. In fact, according to the New York Times, about 28 percent of patients with cancer are misdiagnosed at first by doctors and pathologists. Undoubtedly, this is an incredibly high and startling number, especially considering the importance of a proper cancer diagnosis. Here is some information about the issue of cancer misdiagnosis.

5 conditions that are most commonly misdiagnosed

Certain conditions are commonly misdiagnosed. Doctors' failing to be attentive to symptoms, not taking preventative measures or not ordering follow-up tests can result in wrong diagnoses or late diagnoses. Here are the five most commonly misdiagnosed conditions:

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