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Lawsuit claims surgeon mistake led to woman's death

A person who requires surgery in Boston expects the doctor and operating room staff to adhere to all proper procedures and ensure that the patient is adequately cared for. A surgeon mistake is not only a betrayal of the patient's trust, but it can cause a significant amount of damage and even death. Surgical errors like surgical equipment left inside a patient are egregious. If a mistake such as this happens, the patient and the patient's family have a right to seek answers as to how and why it happened.

Recently, the family of a woman who died after the surgical team failed to remove a sponge from her abdomen filed a lawsuit seeking compensation. The woman's husband alleges that during a surgery lasting 17 hours, the surgeons didn't remove the sponge and she died because of it. The sponge was in the woman's body for seven months. There were two failed tries to take it out. The woman died at age 58, one year and two months after she had the surgery.

Dealing with prescription medication errors

One of the last things a patient in Boston expects when receiving treatment for a health problem or illness is to face prescription medication errors. It's a matter of trust between a patient and the medical professionals when having surgery or being given medicine to clear up a problem. For the most part, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and pharmacists are cautious when fulfilling their duties. But that doesn't stop the inevitable mistakes such as an anesthesia error that can occur. These errors can make a person sick and even lead to death.

Patients need to be cognizant of the possibility of a negligent pharmacist or doctor making prescription medication errors. There are certain steps that a person should take to ensure that they are paying strict attention to the medication they're given.

Activist and actor dies after alleged failure to diagnose cancer

Cancer is a worst-case scenario for a person who is feeling under the weather. A person goes to the doctor in Boston to receive treatment for the ailment and to assuage the fears that accompany the mere thought of having cancer. In many instances, the medical professionals will properly diagnose what the issue is - whether it's cancer or not - and take steps to treat it. There are times, however, when there is a missed diagnosis of cancer. This error can result in the spread of disease, worsened condition and death.

Russell Means was well known for his activism on the part of Native Americans, his presidential candidacy and for his sometime acting roles. At the age of 72, Mr. Means died of esophageal cancer. His widow has filed a lawsuit alleging that his doctors misdiagnosed his cancer causing delayed treatment and his eventual death. Mr. Means had gone to the hospital with trouble swallowing. He was choking up blood and had a persistent cough. They failed to diagnose his cancer. He went to another hospital for a second opinion where he was diagnosed. The cancer had spread from his esophagus to his lungs, lymph nodes and tongue. He was treated aggressively, but eventually died.

Birth injuries a frequent occurrence in military settings

For people in Boston, the joyous time of having a baby can quickly turn into a nightmare. In many cases, it is due to a negligent doctor that a newborn will suddenly be stricken with a problem that will require long-term care. Parents who were prepared to welcome a healthy child into their home are suddenly left to face a life with a child that is suffering from a birth injury.

The nation's military makes an enormous sacrifice. In exchange, the least they can expect is to have quality care when they need medical assistance or are having a child. However, it is a frequent occurrence that medical mistakes are made leading to children born with birth injuries or even dying soon after birth.

Delayed treatment of gangrene causes spread and veteran's death

Regardless of a person's age, whenever there is a medical issue in Boston, it's a cause for concern. That concern is meant to be assuaged when a doctor says that it is nothing to worry about or diagnoses it as an issue that can be easily treated. There are, however, far too many instances in which a negligent physician will make a mistake. A failure to timely diagnose can lead to a worsened condition and possible death. Delayed treatment can mean the difference between living a normal life and ending up debilitated or in the grave.

A Marine veteran's widow is revealing how the VA hospital made a mistake in her husband's diagnosis, ultimately leading to his death. The man was suffering from Alzheimer's and was pre-diabetic. When he began feeling dizzy, he went to the hospital. While there, his wife says he suffered a fall. He was given an x-ray to see if he had any broken bones. A discolored area on his leg was considered a bruise. The wife believed that it was more than a bruise. A week later, another doctor proved her right when gangrene was diagnosed. The wife wanted the hospital to amputate the leg to prevent the spread of gangrene. The doctors didn't want to because of concerns about his Alzheimer's resulting in more falls due to not realizing the leg was gone. Eventually, they agreed to amputate, but by then the gangrene had spread. The man soon died.

Failure to diagnose cancer in man leads to spread of disease

When a person in Boston goes to the doctor with a problem that might be cancer, one of the most relieving responses the doctor can give is that it is not cancer. There are times, however, that the issue actually is cancer and the patient is not only suffering from the disease, but was also subject to the doctor's failure to diagnose cancer. The failure to timely diagnose cancer can result in delayed treatment, the spread of disease and worsened condition. In the most negative instances, it can even led to death when it could have been delayed or prevented entirely.

A 30-year-old man who had gone to the doctor with concerns about a mole on his back was told that it was nothing to worry about. For nine months, the doctors chose not to remove it and perform a biopsy to ensure that it was not cancerous. In the subsequent six months after he'd initially gone to the doctor, the mole started to crack and began bleeding. Eventually, his doctor removed the mole and sent it for testing. It was found to be cancerous. The disease has since spread to numerous other parts of his body including his heart and brain. He has been diagnosed as having stage 4 cancer and is considered terminal.

Sick infant receives wrong drug in medication mistake

One of the most glaring mistakes for people receiving treatment in Boston are prescription medication errors. If a person is given the wrong drug, any number of things can happen. They will not receive the proper dosage for the issue the medication is designed to treat; they might receive too much of the medicine leading to a dangerous situation or they could receive the wrong medication entirely. This can cause serious injury or even death. This is similar to an anesthesia error when a person is set to undergo surgery and the consequences can be the same.

A woman took her eight-month-old child to the doctor for a cough and cold. Doctors gave her a prescription for the little girl, which she filled at her local pharmacy. When she gave the medicine to the child, the child went to sleep quickly and, at one point, her eyes rolled to the back of her head. It was two days after that when a person from the pharmacy came to her home and informed her that the child had been given an adult dose of codeine. The woman stopped giving the child the medicine.

Ex-Marine blames VA delays for failure to diagnose cancer

One of the worst things that can happen to a person in Boston who goes to the doctor seeking help with a health issue is to learn they have cancer. However, a cancer diagnosis can be exponentially more damaging when it is compounded by having been missed at an earlier time. A missed diagnosis of cancer will result in delayed treatment, could cause a spread of disease and worsened condition. This can be the difference between life and death.

A former Marine who was examined at the VA hospital and told he would again be seen in nine months was diagnosed with Stage three throat cancer when he went to see an outside doctor. This is an ongoing problem for veterans who are often made to wait between two and three months to see a primary care physician. The man is also depressed and asked for psychiatric help. He received a rubber bracelet from the psychiatrist and was told to snap it against his wrist whenever he began to feel anxiety. The man believes that if he'd waited the nine months the VA doctor told him he'd have to wait, he'd already be dead.

Man who suffered brain trauma in car accident recovers slowly

In Massachusetts, any kind of accident can lead to serious long-term problems such as brain trauma. With brain trauma, it is possible that there will be the need for extensive care and therapy. People who have been injured might not be able to return to work immediately. It's even possible they might not be able to return to normal and require therapy and extensive care. With a personal injury so severe, medical costs and long-term treatment could become a concern.

A head-on car crash that was caused by a 19-year-old driver who had been drinking killed five people and seriously injured one survivor. A Ford Mustang driven by the 19-year-old crashed into a Chevrolet Lumina being driven by a 41-year-old woman. The man with the serious injuries suffered from brain trauma and amnesia. He has no memory of his wife who was killed in the accident and doesn't remember the accident at all. The man spent a month in a coma, nearly had his feet amputated and he is still being treated. He doesn't have health insurance making it a necessity that he seeks accident compensation.

Woman dies after doctor's failure to diagnose cancer

In Boston when a person goes to see their doctor with a health concern, one of the worst case scenarios is to be told they have cancer. While it might be a relief when they're told there's nothing to worry about, there are times when the doctor is mistaken and the patient is at risk for worsened condition due to a missed diagnosis of cancer. Delayed treatment can be the difference between a longer life and a premature death.

A 46-year-old woman died after her breast cancer was misdiagnosed as tennis elbow. For two years, the woman went about her life not realizing that she had cancer. The failure to diagnose cancer deprived her of two years in which she could have sought treatment. The woman had been suffering from pain in her arms, but her doctor called it a strain. Later, she found a lump in her breast. Since the disease went undetected when she'd gone to the doctor years earlier, by the time she received her diagnosis, there was little that could be done. After receiving her terminal diagnosis, she worked to raise money and increase awareness of the potential dangers of missing a cancer diagnosis due to a negligent physician.

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