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Why do misdiagnoses occur, and how should they be handled?

Patients who are suffering from symptoms that their doctor has difficulty diagnosing may wonder if they've come down with a rare condition. Although instances in which a doctor is unable to diagnose a patient's symptoms don't happen all that often, there are two common reasons to explain why these types of events occur.

Your doctor may be hesitant to make a misdiagnosis. They may also not have listened to all of the symptoms as you described them when they saw you, resulting in a missed diagnosis.

A Pinellas Park man loses both legs in a motorcycle crash

A 31-year-old Pinellas Park man is lucky to be alive after he was critically wounded on Jan. 16 in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash at around 10:30 p.m. along Park Boulevard.

According to a spokesperson with the Pinellas Park Police Department (PPPD), the biker had been traveling west in the innermost lane along Park Boulevard in the moments before the crash. At that same time, there was another motorist — a 20-year-old male — who was traveling in the far right lane along that same route to the on-ramp of U.S. Highway 19 South.

A New Port Richey student struck outside their school

A 15-year-old New Port Richey student was stuck by a teacher's car just before 7 a.m. on Jan. 9, shortly after arriving to attend classes at Gulf High School.

According to a spokesperson with the New Port Richey Police Department, witnesses heard what they assumed were two cars colliding with one another right around the time that the student was struck.

Poor lighting, maintenance and design can cause stairway falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms annually for injuries that they suffer during slips and falls. Many of these incidents happen in stairwells due to inadequate lighting, poor design or issues with visibility. Simple changes in maintenance can greatly reduce the number of slips and falls that occur on stairs each year.

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Parents call for improved safety at Tampa school bus stops

A little more than a month has passed since seven individuals, who'd all been waiting at a north Tampa school bus stop one morning in November, were crashed into by a motorist. As many of them continue to recover from their injuries, residents of the neighborhood where the incident occurred have begun petitioning city officials to do more to make area roadways and bus stops safer for all.

The father of two girls, one who is 6-years-old and another who is 12, attended a meeting of city council members earlier this month. He recounted how it's heartbreaking watching his youngest daughter as she recovers from broken bones to her hand, hip, leg and neck.

Common birth injuries resulting in medical malpractice

The first few minutes of life can be very critical. Those delicate moments when a baby is brought into the world can turn tragic with life-long effects during one act of negligence.

A birth injury resulting in medical malpractice claim can occur when the medical staff or doctor does not stay within the standard medical care you may expect to receive, or a medical institution says it will provide.

Why emergency room doctors are sued for malpractice the most

A study published by The Doctors Company in 2015 revealed that the types of physicians most apt to be sued were emergency room doctors. While one of the most frequent reasons that they ended up getting sued was because of their delayed diagnoses, there were some other themes that were commonplace when the insurer reviewed seven years' worth of its settled medical malpractice cases.

Of the 332 cases reviewed, at least 57 percent that were filed were related to diagnoses. Most of them were filed because the emergency room doctor failed to take into account clinical information that was readily available to them when making a diagnosis. A significant number of these cases was also filed because they didn't offer any differential diagnosis.

Read this before you head out on your Thanksgiving trip

Thanksgiving only comes once a year, so many people take advantage of the chance to catch up with their loved ones. Large family gatherings take place all across the country. That means that many Americans have to be on the road at least part of the Thanksgiving weekend.

Be careful.

What are the top 4 reasons construction workers get hurt?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) report listed struck-by-object, falls, caught-in or between injuries and electrocution as the top reasons for construction worker deaths in 2014. These "fatal four" injuries were responsible for 58 percent of their fatalities that year.

Struck-by-object injuries

Does a miscarriage qualify as a wrongful death claim?

Some sources estimate that around 92,500 pregnant women are injured in car accidents each year. An unborn child faces substantial risk when a mother is subjected to the force of a car crash or slip and fall accident.

If you were involved in an accident and suffered a miscarriage immediately or in the weeks following, you owe it yourself and your child to take legal action. However, in the state of Florida, the legal action you are able to take may not be what you think.

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