November 2015 - Kamerow Law
My Doctor Misdiagnosed Cancer

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My Doctor Misdiagnosed Cancer

My doctor misdiagnosed cancer

There are many common ailments most people experience at some point in their lifetime: the common cold, allergies, sprained ankles, various rashes, the flu and broken bones to name a few. We don’t usually fear these kinds of sicknesses. We fear the ones that don’t heal on their own. One of the most feared is cancer. Cancer is a killer with no known cure. The one thing that is known, however is that if you catch it early, you have a much greater chance of stopping it in its tracks and living a healthy and fulfilling life. But what happens when the doctor you trust misses all the signs and fails to detect cancer.

The Reasons Doctors Misdiagnose Cancer

ABC news reported “Some 1.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. The person making the diagnosis is usually a pathologist who has analyzed the patient’s tissue in a lab, but has never met the patient in person.” There may be many reasons doctors misdiagnose the disease, but people come as a whole and not as parts. Doctors must know the person, the individual and understand the person’s whole health history to truly know what’s going on

How often is cancer misdiagnosed?

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore looked at tissue samples from 6,000 cancer patients across the United States and discovered “one out of every 71 cases was misdiagnosed; for example, a biopsy was labeled cancerous when it was not. And up to one out of five cancer cases was misclassified.”

Getting a Second Opinion

Doctors are just like any other people in that they all have different perceptions and opinions. As specific as science is it is still up to interpretation. Many different medical professionals can interpret symptoms and evidence differently, just as many different individuals with the exact same symptoms may choose varying treatments they feel are right for them. Getting a second opinion is always valuable.

Ask a Alexandria Medical Malpractice Attorney

The lawyers at Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC in Alexandra can help you recover compensation if your doctor failed to diagnose cancer or if you have been wrongfully diagnosed with cancer. We are here to help represent you and find answers. We have represented people like you for more than 25 years. Contact us today to set up your free consultation: 703-370-8088.

Birth Injury Guide for Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury Guide for Cerebral Palsy

Parents dream and wish and hope for the day their children will be born. They hope and pray their babies will have ten fingers, ten toes and organs that work. No matter how much tests and ultrasounds reassure parents, they hold their breath until the moment of birth hoping nothing goes wrong to cause injury in those last moments of pregnancy before their children enter the world. Unfortunately, the very process of childbirth can be dangerous enough to cause lasting and devastating injuries.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy can describe one of many different types of neurological disorders that show up in infancy or early in childhood and upset disturb movements of the body, as well as muscle coordination but do not become worse as time passes. Although cerebral palsy damages muscle movement, the disorder isn’t a result of issues inside muscles or nerves. Cerebral palsy occurs because of irregularities in areas of the brain that control the movements of muscles. Most children who have cerebral palsy are born with the disorder, but unfortunately, it is often not detected until months or years after the birth.

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Symptoms of cerebral palsy usually appear in early childhood, before the age of three. These symptoms include the following:

  • Overstated reflexes
  • Floppy or rigid arms and legs
  • Involuntary motions (which would normally be intentional)

Cerebral Palsy Support Groups in Virginia

Nearly 500,000 children in the United States suffer from cerebral palsy. If your child suffers from this disorder, it may be very comforting to you to connect with other parents of children with the same challenges. Cerebral Palsy of Virginia offers support to families with children suffering from the disorder and has resources and groups where parents and children can connect.

Ask a Virginia Cerebral Palsy Attorney

Contact the attorneys at Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC in Alexandra, Virginia if your child suffers from cerebral palsy and you feel a birth injury is to blame. We can help you recover compensation and find answers. We have represented victims of medical negligence for more than 25 years. Contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation: 703-370-8088.

Top 5 Surgical Errors in the Operating Room

Top 5 Surgical Errors in the Operating Room

We trust doctors and surgeons who have completed years of medical school to care for our very bodies when we are sick, hurting and vulnerable. We trust them to treat our wounds, care for our children and fix us. But what happens when their attempts to fix us only make it worse.

What are surgical errors?

Surgical errors are a form of medical malpractice that occurs when a surgeon commits negligence while in the process of any kind of surgery or other surgical procedure, no matter how big or small.

Types of Surgical Errors

Anything unintended that occurs in or around the time of surgery can be considered a surgical error. The top 5 types of surgical errors are:

  1. Treating the wrong patient
  2. Retained instruments
  3. Losing patients
  4. Illegitimate doctors
  5. Neglect while in the ER awaiting care

Surgical Error Statistics in Virginia

The Chicago-based group that awards accreditations to the hospitals in the United States called the Joint Commission states that Virginia is one among many states that fail to require doctors and hospitals to report mistakes like wrong-site surgeries. In addition, the commission claims that “wrong-site surgeries occur 40 times a week in U.S. hospitals and clinics.” This is unacceptable and means that many Virginians suffer from medical malpractice and negligence that could be prevented.

Ask a Alexandria Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you have become a victim of a surgical error and you’re wondering how on earth this could have happened, you need a qualified and experienced attorney on your side. Only attorneys who are well-versed in medical and surgical procedures and medical malpractice law are ones whom you want to trust with your case. Going after doctors and hospitals can be risky and complicated.

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at Kamerow Law Firm today. Call us at 703-370-8088.