Taliaferro, Carran & Cowherd, PLLC
Call Today for a Consultation
Local: 859-757-4926
Toll Free: 866-959-1943

medical malpractice Archives

Genetic testing for diagnosis of IPF

A new type of screening test may soon be available for patients in Kentucky with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The medical company named Veracyte has announced it intends to expand its program for early access to the Envisia Genomic Classifier Test. This test can distinguish a diagnosis of IPF from other types of lung disorders by comparing genetic information from patient samples. It could provide a way for doctors to diagnose IPF without performing an invasive surgery.

Study shows the majority of optic neuritis cases are misdiagnosed

When it comes to the optic health of Kentucky residents, proper diagnosis of optic neuritis is a major issue. Optic neuritis, which is the inflammation of the optic nerve, can lead to pain and temporary vision loss in one or both eyes. But while optic neuritis remains a serious health issue, a new study suggests that over half of those diagnosed with the condition may have been misdiagnosed.

Patient deaths on the rise due to medical errors

Patients in Kentucky may be worried about the growing number of deaths linked to medical errors across the country. While access to healthcare and financing are considered major political issues, the ongoing crisis of preventable yet deadly medical mistakes has received little public attention. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine reported that over 100,000 Americans lost their lives each year due to medical mistakes. While healthcare technology has improved in the intervening years, these statistics have not.

Woman loses kidney after surgeon mistakes it for tumor

Some Kentucky residents might have heard that a doctor in Florida was sued after removing a kidney from a woman who went in for another type of surgery. The woman was supposed to have bones fused in her lower back.

Understanding LBD

Kentucky residents should be aware that a projected 1.4 million people in the United States suffer from Lewy body dementia, or LBD. LBD is a progressive and complex brain disorder in which abnormal deposits of the alpha-synuclein protein build up in the portions of the brain that control a person's movement, behavior and cognitive ability. Due to the similarity between its symptoms and diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, LBD is severely underdiagnosed. Many health care professionals, including physicians, have no familiarity with LBD.

Bell's palsy: causes and treatments

Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis that affects about 40,000 men and women in the U.S. every year. This comes to about 1 in 60 people, most of them between the ages of 15 and 60. Kentucky residents may want to know more about it because the facial droopiness that results can be mistaken for a symptom of a stroke.

About ovarian cancer

Women in Kentucky may mistake the early indications of ovarian cancer with less serious issues. According to a cancer expert, such errors can lower the chances that treatment will be successful.

Test used to stage prostate cancer may not be reliable

Men in the state of Kentucky and across the United States who have prostate cancer may not have received the most reliable information regarding the state of their disease. Researchers have found that a common diagnostic tool for prostate cancer, the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron emission tomography (PET) scan, may have a major pitfall. Researchers are urging medical professionals not to rely solely on the PSMA PET scan when staging prostate cancer.

Startling facts about radiology-related malpractice revealed

Coverys, the liability insurance provider that covers medical practitioners, recently reported the findings of a study it conducted on radiology-related claims. Researchers analyzed over 10,000 closed claims spanning from 2013 to 2017, and they were able to identify major risk factors and safety issues. Kentucky residents who need to undergo X-rays or other radiological procedure should take note.

Burnout may be to blame for many medical mistakes

Kentucky residents who work in high-stress environments that involve many intense interactions with others are at a high risk for burnout. This reversible condition is characterized by physical fatigue and emotional exhaustion, sometimes revealing itself in cynicism, depression and thoughts of suicide. A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings has revealed that more than half of all doctors in the nation suffer burnout.

  • Super Lawyers
  • Preeminent | AV | LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell| Peer Review Rated
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Top Listed in Best Lawyers | The world's premier guide
Email Us For A Response

Schedule Your Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Contact Us

Cincinnati Office
30 Garfield Place
Suite 920
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 866-959-1943
Fax: 859-291-3014
Map & Directions

Covington Office
1005 Madison Avenue
Covington, KY 41011

Phone: 866-959-1943
Fax: 859-291-3014
Map & Directions

Firm Numbers:

Local: 859-757-4926