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February 2011 Archives

He Who Hesitates, Claim May Be Lost

He Who Hesitates, Claim May Be Lost

One of the many things that frequently comes to my attention when discussing claims with potential clients is that most people are not aware that they only have a limited amount of time to bring a law suit. Some people are aware that a limitation does exist, but believe they have a much longer time in which to file their claim than they actually do. Because no claim can be filed after the period of limitations has run, hesitating to investigate or bring a claim will result in the claim being lost forever.

Overdiagnosis of Cancer Results in Needless, Painful Treatments

Overdiagnosis of Cancer Results in Needless, Painful Treatments

On July 19, 2010, Stephanie Saul, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the New York Times wrote on the false diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (D.C.I.S.), a type of breast cancer, and its ramifications. In the article, Ms. Saul documents the experience of a woman from Northern Michigan improperly diagnosed with cancer. The woman has since pursued a claim, represented by McKeen & Associates, P.C. In March of 2007, the client was diagnosed with D.C.I.S. by a Northern Michigan doctor not fully qualified to make such a diagnosis. This doctor, aside from failing his board exam multiple times, did not have the requisite amount of experience to be effective at the diagnosis of D.C.I.S. As a result, Ms. Long had a quadrantectomy, where a quarter of her right breast was removed. She then went through six weeks of radiation.

Issues with High Quality Health Care

Issues with High Quality Health Care

As the "baby boomers", the largest population group in the U.S. ages, the need for high quality health care will increase correspondingly. With this increase, problems with the quality of care provided by an aging population of doctors, may grow as well, which could compromise patient safety.