In radiology, the most common cause of medical malpractice lawsuits is failure to diagnose. The number one diagnosis is breast cancer. Lung cancer and fractures are the second and third missed diagnoses, respectively.
The director of the Neurological Institute at Ohio State University has recently completed a study of four patients who all suffered severe brain injuries in car crashes in the last six to 21 years. The study investigated how deep brain stimulation affected severe brain damage.
In May, a medical journal estimated that more than a quarter of a million deaths in the United States each year are attributed to medical errors. Only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths each year.
Childbirth is a wondrous feat, but it can be brutal on a woman's body. During a vaginal birth, a woman can experience a crack in her pelvic bone, torn muscles or tissues and a laundry list of other painful and sometimes embarrassing injuries. These are often undiagnosed and untreated by gynecologists and can have a profound effect on a woman's life.
If you have ever been in an emergency room in a big city, you know how hectic it can be. There are paramedics bringing accident, overdose or gunshot victims, doctors and nurses are rushing quickly up and down the hallways and machines seem to always be making some sort of noise. When the emergency room is packed, it can seem like a war zone, according to one physician assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital emergency room.