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...
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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...
Wrong-site surgery and medical malpractice
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Dec 2, 2022 | Surgical Error
California residents who have undergone surgical procedures expected their doctors to be competent and skilled. No one plans to awaken from anesthesia to learn that they were the victim of a wrong-site surgery. This is a serious problem that can lead to medical...
Misdiagnoses may be far more common than doctors admit
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Nov 14, 2022 | Cancer Misdiagnosis
Medical professionals in California and around the country have no idea how many patients are misdiagnosed each year because this data is not properly tracked. That was the conclusion reached by a team of researchers from an analytics company and the Johns Hopkins...
Rare diseases are often misdiagnosed as common conditions
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Nov 8, 2022 | Medication Errors
Medical professionals in California and around the country have access to the world's most sophisticated diagnostic systems and equipment, but mistakes are still worryingly common. Doctors face their biggest challenges when rare and potentially deadly conditions have...
Child dies after medical misdiagnosis of constipation
On Behalf of Chihak & Associates | Nov 1, 2022 | Cancer Misdiagnosis
Doctors in California are held to a high standard of providing quality care. Unfortunately, there are some who make mistakes and misdiagnose patients. A young child died of a rare form of cancer after being misdiagnosed with constipation. Child suffering from pain The...
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