Delayed diagnosis of cancer is the leading culprit in the category of delayed diagnosis that we see in medical malpractice cases. When a doctor ignores the warning signs of cancer, or fails to order the correct tests, then the patient may lose their life or health as a result of medical malpractice. Early diagnosis of cancer is the key to survival for many forms of cancer. Delay in diagnosis is as a related form of diagnostic error. It is defined as a non-optimal interval of time between the onset of symptoms, identification, and initiation of treatment. Examples may be medication, lab work, physical therapy and the list goes on. (see The Joint Commissions’ Office of Quality and Safety)
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Upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer, undergoing cancer treatment can be a long and arduous process. The treatment of cancer should begin soon after diagnosis, but for many cancers, it is possible to wait a few weeks to begin treatment. Getting a second opinion may be recommended. The diagnosis of cancer is scary for any patient. But a delay in diagnosis can result in decreased chances of survival. It can also cause a more difficult and protracted treatment process. By seeking the best medical treatment, you can avoid a delayed cancer diagnosis, which we often see in our clients’ medical malpractice cases.
The Orlando Chapter 13 bankruptcy court has established a new program for helping those who are drowning in student loan debt. Student loans represent a special debt problem, because once you take out a student loan, very few things can be done to keep you from paying it back. You are required to repay your loans, and you cannot claim that you have no responsibility to repay your loan. It is only in very rare circumstances that permit your loans to be forgiven, cancelled, or possibly discharged in a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Millennials and Generation Z seem glued to smartphones. They won’t eat until they’ve broadcasted a picture of their meal to all of their friends. They won’t buy something until they’ve checked for a better price on Amazon. They won’t believe something until they’ve verified it on the always-correct Internet. This pandemic is benign until it spreads into moving vehicles. In 2017, the majority (53%) of U.S. distracted drivers using cell phones when involved in a fatal car crash were under 30 years old. To discourage distracted driving, Florida lawmakers strengthened the 2019 Florida Driving While Distracted Law.
As technology elbows its way into financial payments, cash and paper checks become relics of the past. Employers pay employees not by writing checks but by loading money onto their prepaid re-loadable debit cards. Students receive their financial aid and meal plan swipes on their student ID cards. The government pays Social Security, SNAP, and other transfer or welfare payments through prepaid cards. Parents give their children prepaid debit cards as flexible gifts that let them pay with plastic well before they are of age to get credit cards.