An Underlying Cause of Misdiagnosis: Misread Medical Tests

What happens when a doctor misreads an x-ray, ultrasound, or medical test? The consequences vary and can lead to serious injury or death. Studies show that medical mistakes account for more than 10,000 deaths a year in the United States, as well as thousands of injuries. Among those healthcare errors, misread medical information is the root of many delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis situations.


Here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, our lawyers, who are well-versed in handling cerebral palsy lawsuits, have come across cases involving the failure to read a piece of crucial medical data accurately. In one case, our lawyers represented a mother whose prenatal ultrasound was read wrongly. This led to an unfortunate outcome. In another case we are currently handling, the radiologist misread a patient’s nuclear medicine scan.


Types of Misread Medical Tests


Medical testing is an essential aspect of diagnosing injuries and illnesses. Some of these tests include:


  • MRIs
  • X-rays
  • Allergy tests
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Blood pressure tests
  • Blood tests
  • Testing for HIV/AIDs and STDs
  • Fertility tests
  • CT-Scans
  • PET-Scans
  • Bone scans
  • Tumor and cancer biopsies
  • Amniocentesis for detecting fetal abnormalities
  • Ultrasounds
  • Mammograms
  • Cancer screenings


The Consequences of Misread Tests

When one or more of these tests are not evaluated correctly, many possible outcomes can ensue. Not only do the results of the tests detect conditions and injuries, but they also provide the patient with information about their health and act as a guide for determining the best treatment approach. So when one test is misread, it can cause the medical mistake to elongate into other factors. By misreading a test, a serious illness can be completely missed, allowing the condition to worsen. Sometimes a misread test can result in the administering of the wrong medication or treatment. A patient might not be given treatment at all because of this error. In the most tragic circumstances, a patient may die from misdiagnosis of an illness that could have otherwise been prevented.


If you feel that you or a loved one may have been harmed due to the misreading of a medical test, consult with one of our birth injury cerebral palsy lawyers from Baltimore, MD. You deserve to understand your legal rights and obtain an award from the one who is responsible for the suffering they caused. Contact our law firm, Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, today for a complimentary consultation.

Inhaling the Facts: Too Much Oxygen is Just as Deadly as Not Enough Oxygen

Take a deep breath. Now exhale. Feel better? Many people don’t stop to appreciate the endless supply of air on our planet – one of the necessities we absolutely cannot live without. We can go days without food or water but if there’s no oxygen entering our bodies every second, there’s no chance for survival.


So when a medical emergency arises, breathing and pulse rate are considered to be two of the most prime vital signs medical professionals tend to. Many conditions and health issues such as infection, congenital heart disease, brain blood vessel abnormality, and cardiovascular collapse can lead to oxygen problems.


What is Hypoxia and Hyperoxemia?

When the body is deprived of oxygen, it is called hypoxia. Interestingly enough, the ironic thing about needing oxygen to breathe is that although we need it, it can also be our kryptonite. You see, in some cases, oxygen can also be deadly. When a patient receives too much oxygen, they can suffer from hyperoxemia – a condition in which the body garners an excessive amount of oxygen.


Brain Damage at Birth from Hypoxia or Hyperoxemia

These conditions are often associated with birth injuries, sometimes due to medical mistakes. If the doctors neglect to monitor the baby’s oxygen supply, or fail to diagnose a low pulse rate, hypoxia may occur. In turn, if the doctor is attempting to resuscitate a baby, allowing oxygen into the lungs for a prolonged period can result in hyperoxemia.




Hypoxia and hyperoxemia are both deadly conditions and can result in severe brain damage, bringing about health conditions like cerebral palsy.
While checkup appointments are necessary for monitoring the baby’s growth throughout the pregnancy, labor is the most critical time for ensuring the baby’s health. Babies can experience hypoxia if:


  • The baby’s airway is blocked
  • The umbilical cord compresses or prolapses during labor or delivery
  • The birth process is long or difficult
  • The uterus ruptures
  • The mother’s blood pressure is too low or too high
  • The mother’s blood has an insufficient amount of oxygen
  • The infant has anemia


Once recognized, hypoxemia can be treated by:zev2

  • Performing an emergency C-section
  • Resuscitation
  • Hypo-or-hyperthermia management
  • Fluid management
  • Ensuring adequate ventilation
  • Cooling therapy


If your child suffered a brain injury at birth, it might be beneficial for you to speak with a cerebral palsy attorney to see if you have a case. Our law firm is highly experienced in representing cases involving birth injuries. Call us today to speak with one of our Baltimore-based cerebral palsy injury lawyers.

Worst Case Scenario: Amputation as a Result of Medical Neglect

Currently, approximately two million people in America are living with an amputation. Amputations are known to be caused by tragic incidents like car accidents and military combat. These types of catastrophic events usually entail amputation because of a severe injury, where there is no way to avoid losing the limb. Medical malpractice, however, is a different story.


When the amputation is caused by a medical practitioner’s mistake, the consequences are just as devastating – but knowing that the limb could have been saved haunts forever. Most medical malpractice situations involving amputations are caused by neglect or wrongful surgery. The medical professional may have failed to diagnose that the arm or leg is infected, or performed surgery on the wrong patient or limb.


Other amputation medical malpractice circumstances include:


  • Misdiagnosis
  • Information mix-up or chart errors
  • Surgical sponge was left in the limb
  • Postoperative blood clots were not treated
  • Wrongfully administered medication


Medical neglect is more common than you may think, and the reason why we are bringing light to the issue is because we are handling not one, but two leg amputation cases both involving neglect. The individuals were not diagnosed by their podiatrist, who failed to look into the pain further. The neglect led to the amputation of the leg in both cases. Our lawyers are representing the claims, devising legal strategies for each aimed towards getting them the settlement they deserve.


Dealing with an amputation can be a devastating experience, emotionally and physically. The removal of the arm, leg, finger, or toe is not only disfiguring, but is permanently disabling. Recovery is a slow process, and the familiar way of living must be altered to accommodate the missing limb. On top of that, amputees must face paying for medical bills, their prosthetic, and any other living finances. Recovering compensation for the medical mistake – if it is determined that there is one – provides immense assistance to the amputee.


While we handle many types of cerebral palsy claim cases, we are also extremely savvy in medical malpractice claims across the spectrum. We are passionate about helping our clients and will stop at nothing to fight for their rights. When filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice of an amputation, there are a number of parties that can be sued.


  • Doctor
  • Surgeon
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Podiatrist
  • Hospital


Fortunately, those who have had an amputation usually regain much functionality and mobility and can re-enter the workforce once they have healed. However, life isn’t quite the same. Therefore, if you feel that your amputation was caused by medical malpractice, you should consult with a cerebral palsy injury lawyer here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC. We can give you a leg up regarding your medical malpractice situation. Give us a call today.


Medical Malpractice and Cancer: Getting the Representation You Deserve

Individuals who feel they may be a victim of medical malpractice want the best legal help they can get. But, no one can quite understand the medical field like healthcare professionals and doctors can. So, what if you could get legal representation from a doctor? At our law firm, you can. Our elite team of attorneys are doctors-turned-lawyers who know the medical industry first-hand. We typically handle cerebral palsy claim cases at our location in Baltimore, MD, but we also are legal experts in representing other forms of medical malpractice.


Although our main concentration is in birth injuries, we provide legal help for all types of medical malpractice suits. Recently, we have found ourselves working on a couple of cancer-related medical malpractice cases that call for a lawsuit. These particular situations do not involve the typical error of misdiagnosis, but rather, the treatment of cancer patients.


In one case we are working on, the cancer patient was accidentally burned internally during radiation treatment. The patient was given too much radiation, which resulted in damage to good tissue. Medical professionals are supposed to conduct radiation treatment in a way that kills the cancer without harming the rest of the body, but the process is tricky. Therefore, much care should be taken when performing radiation treatments.


In another case, a cancer patient came into the emergency room seeking treatment for a fever. The hospital did not admit the patient, who wound up having an infection. Medical professionals are expected to treat cancer patients with close attention, being that they have a low immune system. With a low white blood cell count, it is harder for cancer patients to fight fevers, so hospital admittance is required to monitor and treat it.


It is life-altering to be diagnosed with cancer, but even more so when the medical staff fails to provide the best level of care for the patient. Proving that a mistake has been made at the fault of a medical professional can be a challenge, but we work extensively to investigate the account and collect substantial evidence. Our clients can expect to obtain legal representation that entails a strong and aggressive legal approach aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for each case.


We are passionate about helping our clients obtain the compensation they deserve. If you feel you may be a victim of medical malpractice, contact us to schedule a free consultation with a skilled birth defect attorney based in Baltimore, MD.


Get Legal Help from a Lawyer Who Knows the Medical Field First-hand

When you meet with a lawyer to have your story heard, you go into it with the hope that they understand your situation very well. At our law firm, you don’t have to hope; we already know what it takes to fight for your rights. That’s because we are an elite team of MD-JDs – lawyers who are also doctors. With backgrounds in both the medical and law field, we use our expertise to formulate a strategic approach aimed towards achieving the best possible outcome. I, myself, Zev T. Gershon, M.D., J.D, am a doctor-turned lawyer whose passion for patient care led me to help patients on a whole other level.




Doctors want to provide the highest level of care for their patients, but sometimes mistakes are made. In some cases where a child develops cerebral palsy or is born with a birth injury, medical malpractice could be at fault. Throughout my years as a doctor-lawyer, I’ve had many families come to me on suspicion that their child’s injuries or condition may be at the hands of medical staff. After hearing a client’s story, I assess the facts to determine if they have a case, and then devise a legal approach aimed towards getting them the compensation they deserve. As a skilled birth trauma attorney based in Baltimore, MD, I have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts for my clients.


How? Well, unlike other legal attorneys, I am well-versed in the healthcare industry. In my previous occupation as a doctor, I’ve experienced the healthcare environment, dealt with medical records and paperwork, spoken specific medical terminology, and witnessed patient care on a daily basis. I draw from these experiences when I represent my clients, which puts them at an advantage. If you need legal help from a cerebral palsy lawyer, I’d like to sit down with you and talk; I’m on your side from day one! No obligations – it doesn’t cost a thing.


A little more about me: I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science (B.S) in 1981, and received my Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1986. I am also a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, where I accomplished my Juris degree (J.D.) in 1989. I’ve received awards as a recognized lawyer from Super Lawyer Magazine and lead the team here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC.


Dealing with an injured child or a child with a medical condition can be life-altering and tragic, resulting in emotional stress and financial difficulties. My team and I stop at nothing to fight for the rights of our clients on a national scale; Our goal is to help you get the financial assistance you need to ensure the best quality of life for you and your child. Give us a call today to schedule a complimentary consultation by calling 1-877-292-6491.