The Truth about Doctor-to-Doctor Miscommunication

Our team of medical malpractice lawyers in Baltimore, MD, know the importance of constant and consistent communication between every doctor working with the same patient. Miscommunication often leads to treatment and diagnostic confusion, thus causing patients and their families pain, suffering and, unfortunately, death. In fact, one of the most common reasons doctors are sued for malpractice is because of miscommunication.

Our team at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with medical negligence and getting the compensation families deserve. Below we’ve outlined a hypothetical situation in which miscommunication between a doctor team leads to extremely unfavorable circumstances for a patient.

Dr. Hudson has been caring for his patient, Beth, for a couple of weeks now. Beth has about four other doctors caring for her, along with Dr. Hudson, as she is in the final stages of liver cancer. Beth has intestinal bleeding, which was directly caused by her liver disease, and she lays in the intensive care unit. Beth’s family stands in the hospital room with Dr. Hudson, asking him what will happen to their loved one?

Dr. Hudson suggests the family meets in another room to discuss the next steps in her treatment. The treatment options presented were to either insert a tube to temporarily stop the bleeding or just keep Beth comfortable because even if the bleeding stopped, she didn’t have much time left to live.

The family was sure that Beth did not want the tube procedure done. She was at peace with the fact that her time was ending, and just wanted to be with family. Dr. Hudson and the family went back to Beth’s room, and, upon arrival, another team of doctors had already inserted the tube into Beth. This miscommunication between doctors all caring for the same patient was appalling. What if something might have gone wrong? What if, against the family’s wishes, the other set of doctors had ended Beth’s life mistakenly?

It all comes down to consistent communication between doctors caring for the same patient. Doctors need to keep a record of referrals and conversations with their patient and other doctors, to prove everyone is on the same page when it comes to the patient’s procedures and treatment. If one thing goes wrong, it could turn into a case of medical malpractice.

At Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC., our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys serve the Baltimore, MD region by handling doctor-to-doctor miscommunication cases in the past, and know how to read medical records to uncover possible malpractice suits.

If you think you might be the victim of a situation similar to the story depicted above, please visit us online at http://www.cerebralpalsylawdoctor.com/ to fill out a free legal consultation form.

What You Need to Know About Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis

Here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC, we are a team of medical doctors and birth trauma attorneys in Baltimore, MD who want nothing more than to help our clients get the compensation they deserve. Not only does our firm handle cases involving birth injuries and cerebral palsy, but we also represent medical malpractice cases for people suffering from a cancer misdiagnosis, surgical errors, labor malpractice, and many more medical conditions.

One of the most commonly misdiagnosed forms of cancer is skin cancer. To help potential clients who may have suffered due to a skin cancer misdiagnosis, we have compiled a list of reasons for a skin cancer misdiagnosis. If any of the situations below sound familiar, you need to contact us today because you might be a victim of medical malpractice.

Physicians incorrectly diagnose cancer as something markedly less severe

  • Sometimes skin cancer is diagnosed as eczema, a simple infection, or another less serious skin irritation. Failure to provide a correct diagnosis gives the cancer time to spread, a higher likelihood of more aggressive treatment, or even death.

Inability to recommend further testing

  • Unfortunately, doctors misinterpret the results of diagnostic or pathology reports, thus delaying the treatment of cancer. Most doctors employ pathologists to do biopsy testing because they are less expensive than dermatopathologists. Managed care plans also limit a physician as to where they send a tissue sample for testing.

Unnecessary treatments for non-existent cancer

  • Diagnosis of skin cancer goes both ways. Patients can sometimes suffer unnecessary treatments and surgeries for skin cancer they don’t even have. Unnecessary surgeries can happen when specimens are sent for testing, and benign samples cannot be differentiated from malignant unless viewed under high magnification instruments.

It’s important for skin cancer patients to know exactly what type of cancer they have to start appropriate treatment immediately. Although the standard of care varies from case to case, if you’ve experienced a misdiagnosis due to oversight by a hospital or physician, our birth trauma attorneys can help. Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC offers free consultations. Please visit browse our website and fill out a contact form, and we will be in touch shortly.

Seeking to File a Lawsuit Against a Radiologist? Our Firm Can Help

Here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, we do more than handle cerebral palsy and birth injury cases—we’re also proficient at handling various types of medical malpractice cases. If you or someone you know is seeking to file a lawsuit against a radiologist, hospital, or another type of medical practice, our firm can help.

Radiology Errors – They Happen More Than You May Think

Today, most medical malpractice lawsuits against radiologists are the result of a radiologist’s failure to diagnose or communicate any potential issues or concerns with the patient directly, or with the patient’s physician. There’s no doubt that a radiologist’s job can be tough, and some abnormalities hard to find, but many also simply fail to diagnose issues that would have been found by other radiologists easily.

The Failure to Communicate Properly Is One of Their Biggest Issues

If you didn’t know, the majority of radiologists don’t communicate with their patients; rather, they communicate with other doctors who then inform the patient of what the radiologist found. However, too often, a radiologist simply doesn’t dictate his or her findings correctly or fast enough, and thus causes a total communication breakdown. Some radiology medical malpractice cases have simply come about because the radiologist forgot to review an image until it was too late.

For instance, if X-rays are done on a patient on Friday, the film isn’t reviewed until Monday, and the patient passed away over the weekend because the radiologist failed to discover a life-threatening condition or ailment, the patient’s loved ones may seek legal counsel. When a radiologist misinterprets, misreads, or even neglects to review an MRI, X-rays, ultrasound, sonogram, etc., in time, the patient can suffer severe injuries or loss, or even die if a certain condition isn’t found in time.

We here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC are here to protect the rights of medical malpractice victims and their loved ones. If you believe that you have a case against a radiologist, please reach out to our firm right away. To learn more about our cerebral palsy attorneys, or the other types of medical malpractice cases we handle, please also feel free to browse our site.

Recover Compensation for the Misdiagnosis of a Heart Attack with the Help of a Medical Malpractice Attorney at Our Firm

As expert birth injury, cerebral palsy, and medical malpractice attorneys, we here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, would like to let you know that although heart attacks are a common medical emergency, many aren’t detected until the last minute, or even right before and/or after death occurs. Therefore, if you suspect that you or someone you know has suffered because a heart attack was misdiagnosed, it’s important for you to speak with an attorney to discover if that was truly the case, and if you or your loved one are entitled to any compensation.

A Heart Attack Misdiagnosis – Happens More Than You May Think

All throughout the year, millions of people all over the United States visit their family doctors or emergency rooms because they are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, and many other warning signs of heart attacks. However, because some of these symptoms can be the signs of other ailments or conditions, many healthcare providers fail to diagnose heart attacks and thus send the patient on his or her way without the proper treatment.

Why are patients sometimes not diagnosed as having a heart attack and/or with the potential of having one in the future?

As we mentioned above, some healthcare specialists view the signs as being a caused by something else. Additionally, the signs that a woman is suffering from a heart attack are sometimes different than what a man would exhibit and vice versa.

Some studies have even shown that women have been misdiagnosed because they indicated that they were suffering from fatigue, vomiting/nausea, and light-headedness that they and their physicians unfortunately believed were caused by other non-threatening illnesses. The fact of the matter is, just because a woman (or another person) is not experiencing the “typical” signs of a heart attack such as chest, shoulder, jaw, neck, or arm pain, and shortness of breath, that doesn’t mean a heart attack should be automatically ruled out.

In fact, a good healthcare provider would consider the symptoms along with your age, whether you’ve had previous heart conditions, overall medical history, lifestyle choices, the medications you take, and many other factors. When it all comes down to it, the healthcare provider should have carefully assessed your current condition and run any tests to determine whether or not you are suffering from, or are at risk of suffering from a heart attack in the future.

If you believe that you or a loved one suffered a heart attack because it was misdiagnosed, or have a loved one who died from a heart attack that could have been prevented, please reach out to our firm to schedule a complimentary consultation. To learn more about the medical malpractice and birth defect attorneys on our team, please also browse our site, or give us a call.

 

 

 

 

 

Acting on Instinct: Allowing an Attorney to Investigate Your Suspected Medical Malpractice Situation

It is tragic when you or someone you unconditionally love experiences a life-altering disease or health condition. Patients trust the medical professionals providing them with care to help them improve. However, there are instances in the medical field where the patient’s worsened health is at the fault of a practitioner’s mistake. Medical errors don’t happen all the time, but they can and do happen.

 

Heavy consequences can occur from medical malpractice. One simple medical blunder could cause a patient’s health to decline quickly or even worse, cause the patient to lose their life. Although it is a devastating circumstance, it the patient’s right to file a lawsuit so that they can receive compensation for the monetary damages that can’t be undone.

 

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What’s even more unfortunate, is when patients who suspect that their situation may have been caused by medical malpractice never act on their intuition. They may feel scared or not ready to face the truth. Or, they may feel like their situation isn’t enough to warrant a case. But, there are experienced birth injury lawyers that are available and ready to not only hear your story, but to also aggressively fight hard for your rights, no matter what.

 

You cannot determine if you have a medical malpractice case unless you try. Consult with one of our skilled attorneys, who will assess your story and examine the facts to determine if you have a case.

 

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Recently, an individual who feels that their loved one may be a victim of medical malpractice approached our law firm – Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC – to have their situation assessed. The client’s relative had been diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), which is a bleeding disorder. With this type of condition, the immune system kills platelets needed for normal blood clotting. Because of this issue, the body can easily bruise and bleed excessively.

 

 

It is crucial that an aggressive treatment management approach is in action for people with ITP to maintain and improve their health. Excellent care for ITP entails close monitoring of the person’s health, as well as any symptoms that may arise. Our client’s relative had come down with a headache, and passed away sometime afterward. Headaches associated with ITP could mean that the person is suffering from intracranial hemorrhage, which is a rare complication that is linked to the condition. A biopsy report determined that the relative’s headache was, in fact, the symptom of intracranial hemorrhage, which led to her passing.

 

Our law firm is currently investigating this situation to find out if the person’s passing was at the hands of medical malpractice. As doctor-turned-lawyers, we combine our knowledge of the law and medical field, along with using the extensive resources available to us, to conduct an in-depth investigation for our clients.

 

Whether your situation involved cerebral palsy, a birth injury, or other health condition, we can help you find the closure you need to live the highest quality of life. Consult with us today if you feel that your or a loved one may have been a victim of medical malpractice.