California breast cancer misdiagnosis can have devastating results. When breast cancer is misdiagnosed, the patient doesn't get the needed treatment. Delays in treatment allow the cancers to progress. In addition, it’s possible to misdiagnose breast cancer because...
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Can a doctor’s rudeness be considered medical malpractice?
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Mar 13, 2023 | Cancer Misdiagnosis, Medication Errors
When California residents see doctors for health concerns or routine checkups, they expect courtesy and professionalism. Unfortunately, not all doctors act the way patients expect; some may even exhibit rudeness. In some cases, a patient may question whether this...
The risk of medication overload
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Mar 9, 2023 | Medication Errors
Polypharmacy is a term that refers to situations in which a patient is on five or more prescription medications. It is an increasingly common situation in California and the rest of the U.S., and it's potentially hazardous if the drugs are dispensed improperly or...
Tips on avoiding medical mistakes
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Feb 27, 2023 | Surgical Error
Every year in California, thousands of patients are injured or even killed due to medical mistakes and errors. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are hardworking and conscientious, but that doesn't mean mistakes don't happen. If you or someone you love...
Pancreatic cancer warning sign in gallstones
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Feb 8, 2023 | Cancer Misdiagnosis
In California and across the United States, a new study has found that gallstones may be a warning sign of an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is a destructive disease, with a five-year survival rate of just 9%. Early detection is vital to...
What to do when you have a cancer misdiagnosis
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Jan 25, 2023 | Cancer Misdiagnosis
A cancer misdiagnosis can mean that you have wrongly been told that you have cancer or the healthcare system has failed to diagnose your cancer correctly. Either way, people in California who have this experience will suffer emotional stress and perhaps miss out on...
Proving causation in medical malpractice lawsuits in California
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Jan 11, 2023 | Personal Injury, Surgical Error
When filing a medical malpractice claim in California, there are four legal elements that you must prove: the hospital or the healthcare professional owed you a duty of care, they breached that duty, an injury occurred as a result, and your life was directly affected...
The real impact of gag laws after a medical error
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Jan 10, 2023 | Medication Errors
The number of lives lost yearly due to medical errors is in the tens of thousands. Some experts believe that many of these deaths could have been prevented if gag laws were eliminated. They argue that more open communication between physicians would work to the...
What are the dangers of truck accidents?
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Dec 23, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents
Most California residents can drive alongside commercial trucks without incident. However, there are situations that lead to a truck accident occurring. These are the significant dangers of commercial truck accidents. The types of truck accidents The types of truck...
Common serious car crash injuries in California
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Dec 14, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car accidents can cause serious personal injuries, especially at high speeds. While some injuries, such as broken bones, may heal over time, others can have long-term or permanent effects on a person’s life. Head and neck trauma Head and neck trauma occurs when the...
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