An Ohio jury awarded a boy and his family $44.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against an Ohio laboratory. The child's parents brought a lawsuit against Athens Medical Laboratory Inc. alleging that a misdiagnosed and improper treatment of an ear infection in turn resulted in a brain infection and ultimately paralysis of a 9 year old boy.
More than ten years ago, Amy Williams lost her son, Christian Millare, after he suffered a fatal seizure. Ms. Williams has filed suit against Quest Diagnostics, a genetic testing lab, for allegedly misidentifying her deceased son's condition, which ultimately caused his death. Ms. Williams believes her son's genetic condition was misclassified.
Have you ever felt rushed or cut off in conversation by your doctor?
Wendy Ann Noon Berner has sued The University of Kansas Health System, Dr. Meenakshi Singh, and Dr. Timothy Schmitt for alleged cancer misdiagnosis. Dr. Singh is the former chair of the hospital's pathology department and Dr. Schmitt is a surgeon who was involved in her treatment.
A recent study by the Mayo Clinic found that more than 20 percent of patients who sought a second opinion had previously been misdiagnosed by their primary care physician. During the two-year study, researchers examined the records of 286 patients who had seen primary care physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in 2009 and 2010. Nearly two-thirds of the patients were under the age of 64, and the majority of patients were female. After receiving an initial diagnosis, each patient sought a second opinion from the Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine Division. Of the 286 patients, only 36 patients (12 percent) had received confirmation that the original diagnosis was complete and correct. In 63 cases (21 percent), the diagnosis was completely changed meaning the patient had been misdiagnosed by their primary care physician. In the remaining 188 cases (66 percent), patients received a refined or redefined diagnosis. Researchers did not find any significant differences between provider types.
In late 2011, Steven Cooper, who served nearly 18 years in the Army, went to the Carl T. Haden VA Medical Center. A nurse practitioner found abnormalities during his prostate examination. Eleven months later, Mr. Cooper was told that he had stage IV prostate cancer. Mr. Cooper filed suit.
Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam, Erasmus MC have proposed a pragmatic framework of strategies to reduce errors of diagnosis in hospitalized patients. While work in the outpatient setting estimates that 1 in 20 U.S. adults are misdiagnosed annually, researchers don't really know how common these errors are in U.S. hospitals. Some data is available from autopsies, but they are often not performed. In order to devise practical strategies to reduce errors in hospital medicine, the study used insights from error analysis to identify improvement opportunities within each of the five dimensions of diagnosis.
In April 2010, Michelle Sanchez was seen at the Lovelace emergency room in New Mexico for left leg swelling and infection. She was treated and released with a recommendation for other tests. Later that month, she was hospitalized for about two weeks.
Five years ago, Zoraida Zambrana was diagnosed with thymic cancer, a rare cancer of the thymus gland.
The family of Kristy Stingley filed a lawsuit against Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, an ER doctor, and a neurologist for medical malpractice. The plaintiffs allege that the hospital committed gross negligence after misdiagnosing Kristy Stingley's brain aneurysm. As a result of the misdiagnosis and subsequent discharge, Kristy passed away leaving a husband and two young children.