Category Archives: Misdiagnosis

What To Do If Your Doctor Has Medical “Tunnel Vision” And Will Not Order The Tests You Need

This is a sad story. 42-year-old man has a malfunctioning heart. The rhythm is off. This medical condition is sometimes referred to as atrial fibrillation. His electrophysiologist (a type of cardiologist) decides to perform an ablation procedure on the heart to restore normal rhythm. This involves putting a catheter through the femoral artery up into […]

Breast Cancer

One of the first things to understand about a breast cancer case is staging.  Breast cancer stages range from 0 to IV, with many subcategories. Lower numbers indicate earlier stages of cancer, while higher numbers reflect late-stage cancers.  If a doctor waits too long to order the appropriate tests, the disease can progress without treatment.  […]

Is Your Doctor Ignoring Your Signs of Prostate Cancer? Don’t Let Your Doctor Ignore Your Elevated PSA

Perhaps no other cancer is more a casualty of the “doctor knows best” fallacy than prostate cancer. Over 1.2 million men a year are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States. If you are a man over the age of 40, your doctor should be talking to you about prostate cancer. That discussion should […]

Delayed Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Something that a young woman never expects to feel is a lump in her breast, especially if breast implants have previously been placed. Everything checked out during the implant surgery so the lump must be a cyst, right? Wrong! Physicians who treat young women with lumps in their breasts must be vigilant in making sure […]


We recently settled a case involving a nine-year-old girl who was taken to a government-subsidized medical clinic. She was seen by a physician’s assistant. She had classic appendicitis symptoms which the PA totally missed: periumbilical abdominal pain, diffuse abdominal tenderness, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and an elevated pulse rate (tachycardia). The PA didn’t order […]

Medical Malpractice and the Differential Diagnosis

One of the most common types of malpractice we see is physicians who miss a critical diagnosis.  Sometimes, this leads to delays in treatment which causes unnecessary pain and suffering and diminishes the chances for full recovery.  Other times, a missed or delayed diagnosis can result in permanent disability or even wrongful death. In medical […]