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Insurer estimates misdiagnosis affects at least 10% of patients

According to estimates from a medical malpractice insurer, between 10 and 20 percent of patients do not receive an accurate diagnosis during doctor visits. When people in Florida seek medical care, medical errors are the most likely to occur during the diagnostic phase. The insurer studied over 10,000 medical professional liability claims over a five-year period and concluded that diagnostic errors were the root cause of 33 percent of them.

Small intestine cancer: its signs and symptoms

Adenocarcinoma is a form of cancer that develops in the small intestines. Because its initial symptoms include pain, nausea and vomiting, it can be difficult for doctors to pin it down immediately. In fact, it usually takes several months before patients are correctly diagnosed. Residents of Florida who are experiencing these or any of the other symptoms mentioned below will want to see a doctor.

Data entry software could help prevent radiology errors

On March 20, researchers published the results of a study that found that data entry software could reduce ultrasound and dual-energy x-ray errors for patients in Florida and elsewhere. It was also found that the software could save up to $1 million in radiology costs over a period of five years.

Hospital accused of leaving needle in woman's spine

A Florida naval hospital is facing accusations that it left part of a needle in a woman's spine when she had a caesarean section there in 2003. The woman now lives in Texas, but at the time, her husband was stationed with the Navy in Jacksonville. She had her third son at Naval Hospital Jacksonville and has suffered from pain ever since.

Common factors in medication errors

Even with advances in digital record-keeping technology, healthcare professionals are liable to make mistakes that in turn lead to medication errors. Medication errors account for more than 250,000 deaths in Florida and the rest of the U.S., according to a 2016 study from Johns Hopkins University, so it's important that nurses and other professionals know what factors often contribute to these errors.

New study determines diabetes subcategories

A study that was published in March may change how diabetes patients in Florida, and the doctors who treat them, think about the condition. The authors of the study claim that rather than dividing the condition into type 1 and type 2, having a total of five subcategories could pave the way for earlier diabetes detection and treatment.

Lyme symptoms may show up after a person is cured

When it is caught early enough, it may be possible to cure Lyme disease with a round of antibiotics. However, it is also possible that symptoms such as joint pain or trouble thinking clearly can occur even after a person has been supposedly cured of the condition. Florida residents or others may have these symptoms for months.

Pain after knee surgery is often misdiagnosed

People in Florida with disorders and pain following knee treatments can sometimes deal with misdiagnoses. The use of different criteria to diagnose complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, means that some patients may be incorrectly diagnosed after reporting excessive and extreme pain following total knee arthroplasty. In fact, more than half of the patients so diagnosed could actually be suffering from neuropathic pain after the surgery.

Plaintiffs have multiple strategies to prove medical malpractice

Most medical malpractice cases have galling details that make it seem clear that the plaintiff was victimized by a negligent, reckless medical professional or institution. However, the shock of the story isn't what carries the day in the courtroom. To the contrary, facts and evidence are needed to establish a medical malpractice case, and for plaintiffs in these types of cases there are a few common paths they can follow to obtain justice.