Category Archives: Wrongful Death

Our Atlantic City personal injury attorneys help families dealing with the aftermath of wrongful death.

Can A Medical Malpractice Claim Be Filed for a Cancer Misdiagnosis?

Diagnostic errors are the most common type of medical mistake in the US. Although some diagnostic errors are minor in terms of the consequences they have on patients, some are serious or even life-threatening. Diagnostic errors involving cancer often fall into the latter category. How can doctors or other health care providers misdiagnose cancer? There are multiple reasons why this can happen. A doctor may not identify apparent symptoms of specific types of cancer. Lab technicians may fail to identify signs of cancer, such as abnormal cell activity during a biopsy. A biopsy is a type of procedure that tests for tissue and cell abnormalities. A doctor may fail to order diagnostic tests when a patient is showing apparent symptoms of cancer. Test results can also be misinterpreted. For instance, a doctor may misinterpret the results of an imaging test with an illness that is less serious. Mistakes can be…
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Can Doctors Misdiagnose Bacterial Meningitis?

Meningitis is a terrifying health condition that causes the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord to swell. Doctors may only have hours to prevent serious injury or death if the condition is caused by a bacterial infection. Unfortunately, meningitis can also mimic the symptoms of other common illnesses. The consequences of misdiagnosed meningitis can be devastating. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), patients who survive bacterial meningitis can suffer from permanent brain damage and hearing loss. A blood infection and multiple amputations are also possible outcomes. It is possible to survive bacterial meningitis, but only with prompt treatment. Diagnostic errors are especially dangerous for patients with this condition. A Texas family recently lost their daughter to a bacterial meningitis misdiagnosis. According to the parents, they took their 4-year-old daughter to a local emergency care center because she was suffering from a high fever, diarrhea and vomiting –…
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What You Need to Know About Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of one or more parties. For example, if a hospital patient dies because a doctor did not provide the medical standard of care, surviving dependents may file a wrongful death claim. Another example could be if a passenger in a vehicle is killed by a defect. In such cases, if the deceased person had survived, they may have been able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Instead, their loved ones may file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims can be filed by a surviving spouse, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews or other parties who were dependent on the deceased person. Damages from a wrongful death lawsuit may pay for expenses that include: Medical and funeral expenses. Damages from a lawsuit may pay for the medical bills, funeral and burial expenses of the deceased person. For example, if…
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