Month: July 2019

Medial Malpractice – Wrongful Death Attorneys

Was Your Doctor Mistaken? Cases of Misdiagnosis Highlight the Importance of Getting a Second Opinion

The Wall Street Journal’s reported that seeking second opinions from doctors can lead to drastic changes in diagnoses. It is not unheard of for mistakes to occur during the process of diagnosing an illness. It is possible for the reading of radiology slides and biopsies to be entirely incorrect or just false enough to leave a patient seeking the wrong treatment.wrongful death law

Second opinions have, for example, revealed malignant tumors to be benign; and, in some cases, what was initially thought to be asthma has later been diagnosed as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. To say the least, seeking a second opinion can be an effective safeguard against misdiagnoses.

Misdiagnosis is one of the leading reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits as patients can waste valuable time seeking treatment they do not need, or undergoing surgery which proved to be useless to their condition. Some of the most common misdiagnoses involve:

Breast cancer
Lymphoma
Thyroid cancer
Salivary gland cancer
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Alzheimer’s disease
Coronary artery disease

It is good to remember that doctors are human and, as a consequence, are not perfect. They can occasionally become entrenched in a diagnosis, unintentionally overlooking evidence which would either disprove their diagnosis or indicate a different diagnosis. A fresh set of eyes, as it were, can be vital to getting to the core of your ailment. Remember, you are entitled to take slides, pathology reports, and other information to another doctor for your second opinion.

Of course, we know you can’t always afford to obtain a second opinion for your diagnosis or treatment plan. Sometimes you simply have to accept what your medical professional has told you. This why it is important that your primary care physician is someone whom you trust and respect.

If you decide to seek a second opinion for your diagnosis, here are some questions to ask so you can get the most out of your second opinion:

“Are the test results contestable? Could a second round of testing prove useful?”
“Are you positive that this is the disease I have? Is it possible that there are other explanations for my symptoms?”
“Do you agree with the original diagnosis? If so, are you able to suggest any alterations or modifications to my treatment plan?”
“Have we explored all possible options?”

When it comes to your health you should try to be as informed as possible. The more you know about yourself and your condition, the more you can help your doctors treat you. If you feel you have a malpractice case, please feel free to contact us to answer your questions.

Representing the Survivors of Catastrophic Injury

Electrocution can cause a variety of catastrophic injury and sometimes death. The extent and severity of electrocution trauma is determined by several factors, including the duration of contact with the current, the amount of voltage experienced, the types of current and circuits involved, and the path the electricity takes through the body. Injuries may be caused by direct contact with an electrical source or arcing electricity, such as from a downed power line. An electrical arc can cause flash burns. Burns can occur when clothing catches fire from arcing electric current. No matter what the cause the result can be devastating to the survivor and his family.

Electrocution injuries can cause damage to any organ of the body. Burn injuries also result from hot water, fires, explosions and chemicals, as well as electricity. Survivors of electrocution and burn injuries may suffer:

  • Scarring and disfigurement, requiring extensive reconstructive work
  • Prolonged physical and emotional trauma
  • Central nervous system damage, including depression and aggression
  • Muscle and soft tissue damage, requiring surgery

An Electrocution and Burn Injury Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights

Civil law exists to compensate individuals who have suffered electrocution and burn injuries and losses. When catastrophic injury is caused by someone’s negligence, a defective product or due to some other carelessness or misconduct, you need the knowledge and expertise of a personal injury specialist. Our Law Firm will work skillfully and aggressively to protect your rights.

Your rights to compensation may include:

  • Payment of Medical Bills, including past and future Hospitalization
  • Reconstructive/Cosmetic surgery
  • Physical and Occupational therapy
  • Payment of Lost Income
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (Job Retraining)
  • Compensation for Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Consortium (Spousal Relations)
  • Counseling

We can help. Whether your case involves a defective product or a negligent business, company or individual, we have the experience and skill necessary to get you the outcome you deserve. If you or a family member has suffered from an electrocution or burn injury, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer now.