Tag: Delayed Diagnosis

Delay in Diagnosing and Treating Retinopathy of Prematurity: A Case of Medical Malpractice

When it comes to the delicate health of premature infants, every second counts. A delayed diagnosis or mistreatment can have life-altering consequences for the baby and their family. One such condition that requires prompt attention is Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Regrettably, not all medical professionals act with the urgency or care that they should, leading to potential cases of medical malpractice.

Spinal Cord Injuries Due To Medical Malpractice

If the signs and symptoms of spinal cord compression are not timely diagnosed and treated, conditions like an infectious abscess or hematoma can compress and starve parts of the spinal cord from oxygen-rich blood. This compression can cause permanent loss of spinal cord function.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

In medical malpractice cases, permanent injury to the brain and spinal cord are often traced to one or a combination of three causes: compression due to swelling or pressure, lack of oxygen-rich blood to the brain or spinal cord (anoxia), and/or bleeding and hematomas.

Compartment Syndrome

Many medical malpractice lawsuits result from delays in diagnosing and treating patients suffering acute compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome is an emergency medical condition that can result in paralysis, limb loss or death, if not treated in time.

Radiology Mistakes & Medical Malpractice

Radiology malpractice is more common than many people realize.  Over 80 million radiology examinations are performed in the United States every year, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan), Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan), and x-ray studies also known as plain radiographs.  Given the immense volume of imaging studies and high expectations on radiologists to interpret those studies with speed and accuracy, it’s no surprise radiology is the eighth most common medical specialty to be implicated in a medical malpractice claim.  

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