Articles Posted in Medical Malpractice

Women may visit an OB-GYN in Homestead for many reasons related to pregnancy, fertility, and other health issues. While the goal with these visits is to help women, some women face misdiagnosis and medical malpractice which results in injury and trauma.


Misdiagnosis happens for many reasons. In some cases, such as ovarian cancer, there are simply not the advanced and reliable tests available to ensure accurate diagnosis and the tests that do exist – such as blood tests – are not always suggested. There is also some evidence that medical schools do not always emphasize women’s health as a separate entity and bias as well as lack of research into conditions affecting women can also impact diagnosis.

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Diagnosis on the part of doctors, medical specialists, dentists, and other healthcare professionals helps create the correct pathway to treatment. Medical professionals spend years of their education learning how to correctly recognize and diagnose treatments and today they have many tools at their disposal to help them, including lab tests, new technology, and more.


Misdiagnosis in Miami and other communities still continues to occur, however, and it can have devastating consequences. When doctors fail to correctly determine what illness a patient has in a timely fashion, potentially life-saving treatment may be delayed. This can affect quality of life and even lead to fatalities. An incorrect or missed diagnosis can also mean patients suffer the side effects of a treatment they didn’t need.

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Dentists help us keep our smiles bright and help us stay confident in our oral health. They are also medical professionals working to prevent gum disease and cavities, treating oral health conditions that arise. Since our oral health is linked to our overall health, dentists can also help prevent or treat conditions which can affect our overall health. For example, they may address abscesses in the mouth before these forms of infection cause sepsis, which can be life-threatening. Dentists may also notice and address early signs of oral cancer during check-ups. In some cases, dentists can save lives.


Despite all the good dentists can do, when these health professionals are negligent, patients can suffer serious injuries. If you have had a negative outcome after visiting a dentist, orthodontist, dental surgeon, or other professional in this sector, you will want to consult with a North Miami Beach malpractice claims attorney to determine whether you may have a claim.

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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer affecting kids and minors. According to The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), each year about 15, 780 American children are diagnosed with cancer each year, with about 1 in 285 Americans being diagnosed with cancer before adulthood. While childhood cancer is rare, it remains the leading cause of disease-related death in children.


Child cancer patients in Coral Gables have access to some of the best children’s hospitals and pediatric oncology departments in the region, with an easy drive to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Kindred Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital, and other centers.

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The risk of misdiagnosis, medical malpractice, and now exposure to COVID-19, are serious concerns for anyone who is going to a clinic or hospital for medical care. Of course, we all see medical experts to get better and to get quality medical care. Unfortunately, negligence, recklessness, and even mistakes in a medical setting can result in serious complications, injuries, and even fatalities.


As a patient, you have rights. You also have the ability to reduce your risk in a few key ways:

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Right now, some medical appointments in Hollywood and South Florida are being taken virtually in order to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus and to protect the patient’s health. Telemedicine can happen through videoconferencing apps and over the phone. Telemedicine can be a great alternative in helping you avoid exposure while still allowing you access to medical knowledge and expert care. However, there are some challenges with telemedicine which you should be aware of.

Since virtual care providers do not see you in person, they may not notice some symptoms which are evident when they are in the same room as patients. Telemedicine appointments can also be brief and since this is a new form of communication to both patients and some doctors, communication between doctors and patients can be different. In some cases, this can impact care.


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Medical malpractice claims in southern Florida are intended to help protect patients who have been injured due to the recklessness and negligence of medical professionals. Medical malpractice claims arise when someone is misdiagnosed, incorrectly treated, or suffers another issue caused by recklessness or negligence. If you have a doctor-patient relationship and a doctor causes injury through their actions, you may have a claim.

Right now, medical malpractice claims are more complex. With the COVID-19 pandemic, some patients believe they have contacted COVID-19 in a hospital or clinic setting. However, they don’t always know whether they have a strong claim. In addition, with hospitals sometimes overrun and with patients worried about the coronavirus, some patients find that their care is being delayed or is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They, too, wonder if they have a legal claim.

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Misdiagnosis is a serious concern in Hollywood and across South Florida. When a medical professional misses the signs of a serious illness, patients may not get the treatment they need. Medical malpractice cases in South Florida can also occur when incorrect treatment is given. If the wrong site is operated on or if you are given treatment intended for another patient or another illness you don’t have, you may have a claim.


Overdiagnosis and overtreatment get far less attention, but they are also causes of concern. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment refer to exceedingly vigorous diagnosis and unneeded treatment, which can lead to injury and complications. For example, if a patient has a small thyroid tumor and they are subjected to radiation or chemo when the tumor is benign or unlikely to cause averse effects, the patient may suffer serious complications or injury as a result of the treatment, even though the treatment may not be needed.

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If you have been injured after visiting a Hollywood or South Florida hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office, you may think you have a medical malpractice claim, especially if your injuries resulted in complications or extra medical bills. In reality, medical malpractice claims can be extremely complex and difficult to prove, even in cases where it appears clear that negligence occurred and that devastating injury resulted.


There are many reasons why proving medical malpractice claims is difficult in Hollywood and in Florida:

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Medical devices are often created by medical conglomerates and are tested heavily before patients are permitted access to these technologies. Medicine and all medical devices are created to help improve the lives of patients, but unfortunately in some cases defective design, poor testing, or other negligence creates unsafe products.

In some cases, patients in Hollywood and Florida have launched lawsuits in US district courts or state courts after suffering complications and serious injury caused by dangerous drugs or defective medical devices. If you have suffered an injury due to an unsafe product you can always contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation. Whether the product or medicine has been recalled or not, our legal team would be pleased to offer legal advice and support.


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