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Women remain at heightened risk of misdiagnosed heart attack

Over 50 percent of women state that when they sought medical care based on the belief they were experiencing a heart attack, their medical care provider falsely stated their symptoms were not connected to a heart attack or acute myocardial infarction. Instead, the physician was more likely to point to a different concern such as acid reflux.

Doctors wrongly diagnose encephalitis as a mental illness

While on a family vacation in Florida, a young woman experienced a panic attack. The woman had never suffered from panic attacks or anxiety in the past. Yet the symptoms continued to get worse. After seeking medical treatment upon her return home, medical professionals diagnosed the woman with bipolar disorder.

Medical negligence and paralysis: 4 common legal claims

Quadriplegia is not a typical surgical outcome. In most cases, patients who undergo spinal surgery and experience paralysis as a result of the procedure are victims of adverse events. As such, these patients may be eligible for compensation to help cover the costs associated with the injury through a medical malpractice claim.

Meningitis can be difficult to diagnose

Many Arizona residents who experience symptoms such as a fever, headache and stiff neck simply assume they've contracted the latest strain of flu bug that's going around. If a doctor makes the same assumption without further checks, the results could be deadly. Some forms of meningitis exhibit those identical signs, but there are tests to help make the proper diagnosis.

Doctor errors twice as likely for burned-out physicians

Patients in Arizona hospitals may have more to be concerned about when their doctors are burned out on the job. Unfortunately, a national survey suggests that over half of practicing physicians in American are burned out. One study of almost 6,700 doctors at clinics and hospitals found that these burned-out doctors are more likely to make medical errors when treating their patients. The study looked at workplace burnout, fatigue and depression among medical professionals and how these issues might affect treatment and workplace safety.

5 malpractice lawsuits target dancing plastic surgery doctor

Patients in Arizona expect their doctors to take surgery seriously, but a surgeon dubbed by the media as the dancing doctor viewed surgeries as a chance to perform. Multiple videos on her YouTube channel showed and her surgical assistants dancing. The doctor posed over patients' exposed bodies and sang along with popular songs or made up her own lyrics. Five malpractice lawsuits are pending against her, but she continues to practice medicine.

Diagnostic errors are costly and dangerous

While many Arizona patients turn to their physicians for important insights and treatment decisions to improve their health, doctor errors can present a significant risk to a patient's well-being. Doctors often have an aura of genius and confidence, and many patients may be unaware of the potential for mistakes in any physician's practice. Diagnostic issues can be one of the most important types of mistake a doctor can make, especially when the diagnosis of a progressive disease like cancer is missed or delayed.

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