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Medical Malpractice Archives

Misdiagnosis of cellulitis is common and preventable

Cellulitis is a potentially serious condition that develops when the skin becomes infected by bacteria, but a study suggests that it may not be as common as doctors believe. Patients in New Jersey and around the country whom are diagnosed with cellulitis are often prescribed powerful antibiotics to fight the underlying infection, but the use of these drugs was curtailed for 136 of the 165 patients studied by dermatologists at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Doctors often misdiagnose side effects of immunotherapy

Immunotherapy offers hope to some cancer patients in New Jersey, but many doctors lack familiarity with the side effects of these new and experimental medicines. Most medical providers know how to recognize side effects from chemotherapy because that approach to cancer treatment has been used for decades. Chemotherapy tends to produce predictable side effects, but immunotherapy might induce a wide variety of symptoms that doctors might misdiagnose and then apply unnecessary treatments.

Veteran misdiagnosed, wrongly accused of addiction

For people in New Jersey, going to the hospital can be a time for stress and uncertainty. In most cases, however, that is because a patient is concerned about the outcomes of their medical procedures, not because the hospital itself could be the cause of new problems. For one Navy veteran who went to a VA hospital, however, his attempt to seek diagnosis and treatment for abdominal pain was met with admonitions to seek help for a cocaine addiction that he did not have.

Erb's palsy: what it is, how it can be treated

Erb's palsy is one form of brachial plexus palsy, a palsy affecting the nerve system near the neck that controls sensation and movement in the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. It occurs in one to two out of every 1,000 newborns and can have permanent effects on them, including arm weakness and loss of motion. New Jersey parents might want to know more about this condition.

About Erb's palsy

Expectant parents in New Jersey should be aware of Erb's Palsy, a type of brachial plexus palsy. It is a condition that can occur in one or two out of every thousand deliveries. The most common cause for the condition is when the baby's neck is overextended to the side during a complicated delivery.

Burden of proof significant in medical malpractice cases

When someone suffers a horrible injury or medical condition because a surgeon botched a procedure, you would think it would be obvious why medical malpractice is being alleged. When a doctor misdiagnoses a patient with the wrong condition, you would think it is obvious why the doctor should be held liable for his or her decisions. And when a medical institution fails to follow regular protocol or medical standards, you would again think that the malpractice case would be obvious.

15 common medical errors that can lead to death

Before going to the hospital, residents of New Jersey will want to be aware of what medical errors are commonly made. Doctors can make these errors whether it's during a complex surgical procedure or a simple appointment. First, and perhaps the worst of them all, is when doctors operate on the wrong patient. This usually happens when there are name mix-ups and poor communication. Sometimes the wrong part of a person's body can be operated on.

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