Misdiagnoses Lead To Costly Mistakes

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

The problem of misdiagnosis affects patients in Wisconsin and the rest of the nation every year. Although many misdiagnoses are either inconvenient or harmless to patients, others could cause severe consequences such as the patient’s death or, in some cases, unintended exposure to a contagious disease. Although the amount specifically attributed to misdiagnoses was not […]

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Wisconsin Legislature Mulling Bill To Allow Recording Of Surgery

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Proposed legislation in Wisconsin would allow patients to film any surgery or medical procedure which they may undergo. The law would require the medical service provider to offer all patients the option of recording what happens in the operating theater. Although many conjecture that this would lead to fewer cases of surgical error, major Wisconsin […]

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Some Health Conditions That Are Commonly Misdiagnosed

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Wisconsin courts often hear medical malpractice cases based on a misdiagnosis by a doctor. Doctors may miss a diagnosis for any number of reasons, but there are a few conditions that go undiagnosed more often than others. Celiac disease, for example, may be difficult to diagnose because of its non-specific, vague symptoms. Celiac disease is […]

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New COPD Guidelines May Lead To Misdiagnosis

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

New research indicates that new guidelines for diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, may be causing patients to be misdiagnosed in Wisconsin and worldwide. A recently-published study calls for the guidelines to be modified in order to correct the problem. According to the authors of the study, up to 13 percent of people diagnosed with […]

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The Human Factors That Lead To Surgical Errors

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Wisconsin residents may be interested in the results of a study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic that looked into the causes of surgical errors. These medical mistakes are referred to as “never events” because they should never occur, and the researchers analyzed 69 such events that took place over a five-year period at […]

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Increased Education Key To Patient Satisfaction

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

In an effort to avoid mistakes when preparing for surgery, it is important that patients in Wisconsin receive education regarding the medical procedures they are facing. While it might be difficult and take a bit more time to explain the situation to patients, it is a worthwhile endeavor. The results of a recent Gallup survey indicate […]

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Nondisclosure Clauses Keep Wisconsin Patients Quiet

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

The initial impression of a medical malpractice settlement is to recognize professional error and strive for improvements in patient care. Some research suggests, however, that the healthcare provider’s reputation may be an unspoken priority as well. According to a study in which the settlements of a Texas health system were reviewed, healthcare providers that were […]

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Wisconsin Patients May Not Benefit From Scans

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

A study released in 2011 has prompted Medicare to initiate coverage for some long-term smokers so that they can have a diagnostic scan performed to detect cancer. The findings of the study indicated that lung cancer-related deaths could decrease by about 20 percent with the use of a technique known as a spiral CT scan. […]

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Research Shows Majority Of Breast Cancer Biopsies Misdiagnosed

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

The results of a new study show that as many as 75 percent of all breast cancer biopsies are misread by pathologists in Wisconsin and across the United States. The study was published by the American Medical Association on March 17. The authors of the study took the biopsy diagnoses of 100 pathologists and then asked three […]

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What A Wisconsin Doctor May Not Share With Patients

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

When an individual goes to see his or her doctor, that person is expecting that the doctor will be able to help. While doctors do know a lot about the human body, they may not know everything in regards to medicine. For instance, many doctors do not know how they affect the financial aspect of […]

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