Closed claim studies involving the diagnosis and treatment of infection and infectious disease
Failure to diagnose and treat fungal infection
The patient sought treatment from a dermatologist for a scaly plaque on his scalp
Failure to diagnose and treat infection
A 72-year-old woman with a history of diabetes went to the emergency department due to pain in her left eye. The ED physician suspected orbital cellulitis, but CBC and CT scans were normal.
Failure to diagnose and treat
A 35-year-old man came by ambulance to the ED reporting headache and dizziness.
Failure to diagnose epidural abscess
A 44-year-old woman with a history of IV drug use was treated at a clinic for a foot infection and back spasms.
Failure to properly treat
A 9-month-old boy was brought to his pediatrician’s office for treatment of a possible insect bite on the left buttock.
Failure to report misplaced central line
A 64-year-old woman came to the ED. She had undergone back surgery five days earlier.
Failure to diagnose tuberculosis
A two-year-old boy with a five-day history of intermittent fever and stomachache was brought to his pediatrician.
Failure to diagnose appendicitis
A 6-year-old boy was brought Pediatrician A for a sick visit. The child had a five-day history of fussiness, sore throat, coughing, vomiting, stomach pain.
Failure to diagnose pneumonia
A five-year-old girl was brought to a pediatric clinic. The patient came with a one-day history of fever recorded as 104.5 degrees.
Failure to evaluate patient
A 72-year-old man was evaluated by Ophthalmologist A on several occasions.
Failure to diagnose spinal epidural abscess
A 45-year-old woman with leg weakness called EMS to her home.
Case Study: Failure to supervise aesthetician
A 33-year-old woman sought laser hair removal at a plastic surgeon’s medical spa, located next to his medical office.