Archive – 2009 – November
Successful treatment of cancer is usually dependent upon early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. According to a recent news report in Science Daily, a new miniature hand-held microscope may allow doctors to not only accurately diagnose tumors sooner, but also aid in their removal in instances where surgery is necessary.
Neurosurgeons are using the new miniature “confocal” microscope to view brain tumors in real time during exploratory procedures. Digital images of tumor and brain tissue can also be obtained by using the new microscope. Previously, surgeons had to take biopsies of tissue in order to identify tumors. However, these new microscopes distinguish cancer cells and the size and characteristics of the brain tumor without a biopsy.
While news of these advanced treatments is indeed promising and gives hope to cancer patients and their families, it is impossible to implement use of this groundbreaking technology if a patient’s symptoms are ignored, or, not timely investigated. Unfortunately, when a delay of diagnosis of cancer occurs, many patients suffer devastating consequences as a result, including a worsened prognosis, the need for more extensive, radical and/or invasive treatment, and, even death.
If you or a loved one have been misdiagnosed or have had a delay in the diagnosis of your malignancy, and, have suffered as a result, you may be able to bring a medical malpractice claim against the healthcare providers (doctors and hospitals) that failed to properly diagnose your disease.
Contact the New Jersey delayed diagnosis attorneys at Blume Goldfaden for a no-cost case evaluation. Our cancer misdiagnosis attorneys have the experience and expertise to evaluate your potential claim and determine whether delayed diagnosis or malpractice resulted in a worsening of your medical condition. You can reach us at 973-635-5400 to find out more about your legal rights and options.
Blume Goldfaden has announced the launching of a new website which focuses on issues relating to the misdiagnosis of, and, failure to timely diagnose various cancers. The website, http://www.njfailuretodiagnosecancerattorney.com, is provided by the personal injury attorneys at Blume Goldfaden as a means of keeping the public up-to-date on legal issues pertaining to the timely diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The website also addresses issues relating to the failure of medical professionals to timely test for, diagnose and properly treat various cancers including but not limited to: breast, colon, lung, testicles, cervix, uterus, endometrial, ovarian, skin, chest wall, esophagus, pancreas, soft tissues, kidney, brain and thyroid. By assisting cancer patients in exploring their legal options as they cope with their condition, the website offers valuable information for those who believe their cancer was misdiagnosed, not diagnosed timely, or, not treated properly.
For more information regarding cancer misdiagnosis and other issues surrounding cancer malpractice in New Jersey, please visit http://www.njfailuretodiagnosecancerattorney.com. You can also contact the attorneys at Blume Goldfaden by calling 973-635-5400 to learn more about what can be done to protect your rights if you believe your medical condition or prognosis has been worsened by someone’s medical negligence.
Safe driving practices are the best way to prevent automobile accidents. Ultimately, if every motorist on the road followed every traffic rule, the number of injuries and deaths that occur on our nation’s roads and highways each year would be greatly diminished. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles in New Jersey, traffic law mandates that the headlights on a vehicle must be illuminated from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. Using your headlights in accordance with this regulation not only allows a motorist to clearly see the road ahead of him or herself, but also allows motorists to clearly see oncoming vehicles. Inclement weather, particularly when visibility is reduced to 500 feet or less, is another prerequisite for making sure that one’s headlights are on. In rainy weather, when visibility is limited by both the weather conditions and the use of windshield, headlight usage is vital.
Every year, thousands of motorists are injured because other motorists choose not to follow traffic laws. In the event that driver negligence causes an accident resulting in injury, our legal system allows for compensatory damages to be paid to the injured parties. In order to ensure that your rights to such compensation are protected, an experienced New Jersey auto accident attorney should be retained to assist those injured in motor vehicle accidents in pursuing their claims.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile or other motor vehicle accident, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Blume Goldfaden. Our skilled auto accident attorneys will provide a no-cost consultation, and, will evaluate your potential claims to determine how you can proceed in seeking the compensation to which you may be entitled. Call us at 973-635-5400.
Medical researchers have found that many resident physicians have not been properly trained in skin cancer examinations. According to a news report in Health Day, researchers surveyed 342 resident physicians in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine. Information was collected about the physicians’ training and experience with melanoma exams as a well their level of skill and expertise in performing these skin cancer examinations.
Researchers found that training for skin cancer examination during residency was inadequate. In fact, this survey determined that 75.8 percent of residents were never trained in skin cancer examination and only 15.9 percent said they were skilled in conducting these types of exams.
Melanoma is the second most common cancer in Americans aged 15 to 29, and, 25 percent of melanomas are detected by doctors rather than patients. In addition, the study stated that skin cancers discovered by doctors are generally thinner and, as a result, have a better prognosis for cure. These statistics illustrate how important it is that doctors be properly trained in detecting these cancers and pre-cancerous conditions. This is extremely important when it comes to melanoma, which if not diagnosed until a later stage, is a potentially fatal skin malignancy.
It is, therefore, especially important that internists and family practitioners be in a position to accurately screen patients for melanoma. Physicians who are currently in training (in medical school or a residency program) who do not learn this skill, are less likely to ever become proficient at melanoma evaluations.
If you believe you or a loved one’s skin cancer was misdiagnosed or not timely diagnosed, contact the experienced attorneys at Blume Goldfaden for a no-cost consultation. Our attorneys have successfully handled numerous cases pertaining to failure to timely diagnose and treat various cancers. Call us at 973-635-5400.
According to the website nj.com, in an Atlantic City, New Jersey shopping mall, an escalator accident took the life of a Clinton, New Jersey man. The man, in his early 40s, died when he fell from the escalator. Details regarding the cause of the accident were not initially provided, as police were still investigating the incident. This accident marked the second time in 13 months that an individual had fatally fallen to their death from an escalator in the same mall at The Pier Shops at Caesars.
Escalators are convenient, but also dangerous. Building owners and escalator designers, maintenance companies, manufacturers, distributors and installers typically take precautions designed to prevent injury on these devices. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 75% of injuries associated with escalators are fall-related. According to the Safety Commission, about 11,000 people were injured in escalator accidents in 2007.
An escalator accident involves the law of premises liability issue, and, those responsible for the premises and the inspection of its escalators may be held partially accountable for injuries that occur there. However, these complicated claims may also have a product liability component to them if defects in, or poor and improper maintenance of, the escalator contributed to or caused the accident.
Those injured in accidents of this nature should remember that an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney is an asset in holding negligent commercial property owners and others accountable for their actions. If you have been injured in an elevator, escalator, or mechanical walkway accident, contact the premises liability attorneys at Blume Goldfaden. Our skilled personal injury attorneys will evaluate the circumstances of your case, and will seek to assist you in obtaining compensation for your physical injuries and economic loses. Call us today at 973-635-5400 for more information and a no cost consultation of your possible premises liability case.