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Jean Martin

Delay in Diagnosis: Failure to Timely Diagnose Stoke

Caroline Monaghan was seen by her primary care physician, who determined that she possibly had blockage in her carotid arteries. Such a blockage, also known as stenosis, carries a great risk for a…

Jean Martin

Delay in Diagnosis: Failure to Timely Diagnose Appendicitis

The third most common medical mistake is the failure to timely diagnose appendicitis. A delay in diagnosis of appendicitis can lead to serious consequences, including death, particularly in adults….

Jean Martin

Delay in Diagnosis: Failure to Timely Diagnose and Treat Spinal Abscess Results in Paraplegia

A 53-year old male with a history of sciatica goes to a Bronx, New York emergency room complaining of back pain and exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including a low grade fever and elevated pulse rate….

Jean Martin

Delay in Diagnosis : Failure to Timely Diagnose Ovarian Cancer Leads to Death of Young Mother

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of death due to cancer in women in the United States. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other gynecological cancer. In 2005, almost 20,000 women…

Gary Shipman

"Facts are Stubborn Things" – Medical Malpractice Reform Won't Reduce Health Care Costs

It was December, 1770. John Adams was involved in the unpopular defense of soldiers charged with crimes in the famed Boston Massacre, and argued: Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our…

Jean Martin

New Hanover Community Health Center Latest Facility To Expose Patients To Risk Of Blood-Borne Illness

Headlines about unsanitary hospital practices causing disease outbreaks in places like China, Bulgaria, and even Ireland cause most of us to shake our heads and turn the page.
After all, American…

Jean Martin

Stroke Risks and Symptoms Overlooked in Women

Women between the ages of 45 and 54 are twice as likely to suffer strokes as men of the same age. Women are also more likely than men to be physically or mentally impaired as a result of a stroke….

Jean Martin

Settlement Reached in Case of Newborn Burned By Malfunctioning Respirator/Humidifier

In the winter of 2007, a newborn suffered severe and permanent injuries, including disfiguring burns, as a result of malfunctioning respirator and humidifier. Thermal burn resulted in air so hot…

Jean Martin

New Hanover Regional Medical Center Asks If Nurses Treated You Well

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is asking patients to provide their comments about the treatment they received from nurses while in the hospital. NHRMC is seeking a designation of nursing…

Gary Shipman

Jury in Ohio Awards $22.6 million in Medical Malpractice Case

A jury in Hamilton County, Ohio, awarded $22.6 million in a medical malpractice case against a doctor and her medical group surrounding the birth of Cassie Grown, now 11, who is a spastic…