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The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Anapol Weiss have seen firsthand the devastating effects of a medical misdiagnosis. Failure to diagnose serious conditions such as cancer, pneumonia or meningitis can be result in a death that may have otherwise been prevented.

A patient is not to blame when a condition is misdiagnosed. It is the doctor’s responsibility to provide a correct diagnosis. However, there are a number of steps a patient can take to decrease the chances of becoming another victim of medical malpractice.

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Within the last 20 years, an estimated 80,000 “never events,” or surgical errors that should not have happened during surgery, occurred in American hospitals, according to Johns Hopkins.

One common example of a surgical error is when a doctor leaves a foreign object, such as a surgical instrument, inside the patient.

It is estimated that 4,500 and 6,000 adverse events involving retained foreign parts occur each year, according to USA Today.

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When a birth injury occurs, neither the child nor the mother is to blame. However, they are the ones left to deal with the aftermath when this type of medical mistake occurs.

Birth injuries can occur when the delivery staff applies too much force on the babies head or shoulder during delivery. Doctors may apply excessive force when the baby is having difficulty passing through the birth canal. While this may be a common scenario, it is also very preventable.

Doctors should analyze risk factors including diabetes, history of difficult deliveries, and the baby’s size and position to help prevent birth injuries.

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