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November 2015 Archives

Cellulitis misdiagnosis is an expensive problem

According to studies, cellulitis is a common and costly problem in North Carolina and nationwide. Making matters worse, the skin condition is often misdiagnosed, which needlessly exposes patients to dangerous complications and costs the United States millions of dollars annually.

Determining the legal requirements for a hospital slip-and-fall

When a person is injured in a slip-and-fall accident in a North Carolina hospital, the question of whether it must be filed as a medical malpractice or as a premises liability case may arise. With increasing tort law reform for medical malpractice matters, the procedural hurdles for those cases are significantly higher than those for other types of personal injury matters.

Study finds "defensive medicine" lowers liability risk

When North Carolina patients are not given the appropriate tests, a correct diagnosis of their medical condition could be delayed. While appropriate testing can improve patient outcomes, some doctors use testing as a defensive measure against medical malpractice claims. Researchers from Harvard Medical School recently examined 'defensive medicine" and its relationship to medical malpractice claims.

Detecting colon cancer in North Carolina

Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, but it may initially be diagnosed as a bad case of hemorrhoids. In some cases, a misdiagnosis occurs because an individual performs a self-diagnosis online or seeks medical advice from someone not necessarily qualified to provide it. While this may provide temporary relief, it may not address the underlying condition that is causing the symptoms.

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