Advertisement

Medicolegal Issues of Amyloidosis

  • Timothy Craig AllenEmail author
Chapter
Part of the Current Clinical Pathology book series (CCPATH)

Abstract

Improved amyloidosis therapies require earlier and type-specific diagnoses. The traditional diagnostic paradigm for amyloidosis diagnosis is no longer acceptable medical practice. Physicians’ increased obligation to accurately diagnose amyloidosis carries with it an increased risk for amyloidosis-related medical malpractice lawsuits claiming that delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis caused inappropriate treatment or delayed treatment. An understanding of the basic legal theory of medical malpractice assists in considering and managing the medical-legal risk surrounding amyloidosis diagnosis, ultimately improving successful patient outcomes and reducing amyloidosis-related medical malpractice lawsuits.

Keywords

Amyloidosis Medical malpractice Loss-of-chance doctrine Delayed diagnosis Misdiagnosis Failure to diagnose Standard of care 

References

  1. 1.
    Picken MM. New insights into systemic amyloidosis: the importance of diagnosis of specific type. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens. 2007;16(3):196–203.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Picken MM. Modern approaches to the treatment of amyloidosis: the critical importance of early detection in surgical pathology. Adv Anat Pathol. 2013;20(6):424–39.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Rajagopala S, Singh N, Gupta K, Gupta D. Pulmonary amyloidosis in Sjogren’s syndrome: a case report and systematic review of the literature. Respirology. 2010;15(5):860–6.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Picken MM. Alect2 amyloidosis: primum non nocere (first, do no harm). Kidney Int. 2014;86(2):229–32.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Vrana JA, Gamez JD, Madden BJ, Theis JD, Bergen 3rd HR, Dogan A. Classification of amyloidosis by laser microdissection and mass spectrometry-based proteomic analysis in clinical biopsy specimens. Blood. 2009;114(24):4957–9.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Allen TC. Medicolegal issues in pathology. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2008;132(2):186–91.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Epstein JB, Sciubba JJ, Banasek TE, Hay LJ. Failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis of cancer: medicolegal issues. J Am Dent Assoc. 2009;140(12):1494–503.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Kern KA. The delayed diagnosis of breast cancer: medicolegal implications and risk prevention for surgeons. Breast Dis. 2001;12:145–58.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    The American Heritage dictionary of the English language. 4th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin; 2000.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Black’s law dictionary. 6th ed. St. Paul, MN: West; 1991.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Vaughan v. Menlove, 132 Eng Rep 490 (CP) 1837.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    The negligence issue. In: Epstein RA, editor. Cases and materials on torts. Boston, MA: Little Brown; 1995. p. 229.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Epstein RA. History, doctrine, and evolution of liability, Mortal peril: our inalienable right to health care? New York: Addison Wesley; 1997. p. 376.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Havighurst CC, Hutt PB, McNeil BJ, Miller W. Evidence: its meanings in health care and in law. (Summary of the 10 April 2000 IOM and AHRQ Workshop, “Evidence”: its meanings and uses in law, medicine, and health care). J Health Polit Policy Law. 2001;26(2):195–215.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Jones JW, McCullough LB, Richman BW. Standard of care: what does it really mean? J Vasc Surg. 2004;40(6):1255–7.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Buckler S. Loss of chance: recovery for the lost opportunity of survival—Matsuyama v. Birnbaum, 890 N.E.2d 817 (Mass. 2008). J Health Biomed Law. (2009);5:117–129.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Renehan JF. A new frontier: the loss of chance doctrine in medical malpractice cases. BBJ. 2009;53:14, 15.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Leslie K, Bramley D, Shulman M, Kennedy E. Loss of chance in medical negligence. Anaesth Intensive Care. 2014;42(3):298–302.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Dyer C. Negligence through loss of chance. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1986;293(6561):1560–1.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    Negligence—Failure to carry out physical examination and biopsy—damages for loss of chance of extended lifespan. Brown v Willington [2001] ACTSC 100. J Law Med. 2002;9:397–8.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Garwin MJ. Risk creation, loss of chance, and legal liability. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2002;16(6):1351–63.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  22. 22.
    Faunce T, McEwan A. The High Court’s lost chance in medical negligence: Tabet v Gett (2010) 240 CLR 537. J Law Med. 2010;18:275–83.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  23. 23.
    Molinelli A, Bonsignore A, Capecchi M, Calabria G. Loss of chance: a new kind of damage to ophthalmologic patients from Europe to Italy. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2011;21(3):310–4 [Epub ahead of print].CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  24. 24.
    Johnson LJ. State laws on loss of chance of survival continue to evolve. Med Econ. 2013;90(1):46–7.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  25. 25.
    Tibballs J. Loss of chance: a new development in medical negligence law. Med J Aust. 2007;187(4):233–5.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  26. 26.
    Beraldo Ade M, Pereira PM. The theory of loss of chance in medical liability applied within Brazilian jurisprudence. Med Law. 2012;31(2):265–81.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  27. 27.
    Bhatia N, Tibballs J. Legal clarification of “loss of chance of a better outcome” in Australia. Med J Aust. 2012;196(3):167–8.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  28. 28.
    Saver JL. Number needed to treat estimates incorporating effects over the entire range of clinical outcomes: novel derivation method and application to thrombolytic therapy for acute stroke. Arch Neurol. 2004;61(7):1066–70.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  29. 29.
    Dahl D. ‘Loss of chance’ damages gaining acceptance. Lawyers USA. 2008; Aug. 11. http://www.allbusiness.com/legal/trial-procedure-suits-claims/11483848-1.html. Accessed 29 July 2014.
  30. 30.
    Bal BS, Brenner LH. Medicolegal sidebar: the law and social values: loss of chance. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014;472(10):2923–6.Google Scholar
  31. 31.
    Jerjes W, Upile T. English law for the surgeon III: loss of chance: Gregg v Scott revisited. Head Neck Oncol. 2012;4:67.Google Scholar
  32. 32.
    Brahams D. Loss of chance of survival. Lancet. 1996;348(9042):1604.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  33. 33.
    Brahams D. Loss of a chance of survival: US and UK compared. Med Leg J. 1996;64(Pt 4):135–6.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  34. 34.
    Bird S. Loss of chance: what loss? Aust Fam Physician. 2006;35(5):351–2.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  35. 35.
    Casacelli B. Losing a chance to survive: an examination of the loss of chance doctrine within the context of a wrongful death action. J Health Biomed Law. 2014;9:521, 552.Google Scholar
  36. 36.
    Warzecha CM. The loss of chance doctrine in Arkansas and the door left open: revisiting Holt ex rel. Holt v. Wagner. Ark Law Rev. 2010;63:785, 803.Google Scholar
  37. 37.
    Chicago brain hemorrhage misdiagnosis lawyers. http://www.cirignani.com/Brain-Injuries/Missed-Brain-Hemorrhage.shtml. Accessed 4/9/11.
  38. 38.
    Warzecha CM. The loss of chance doctrine in Arkansas and the door left open: revisiting Holt ex rel. Holt v. Wagner. Ark Law Rev. 2010;63:785, 802.Google Scholar
  39. 39.
    Koch SR. Whose loss is it anyway? Effects of the “lost-chance” doctrine on civil litigation and medical malpractice insurance. NCL Rev. 2010;88:595, 598–9.Google Scholar
  40. 40.
    Buckler S. Loss of chance: recovery for the lost opportunity of survival—Matsuyama v. Birnbaum, 890 N.E.2d 819 (Mass. 2008). J Health Biomed Law. 2008;5:117, 128.Google Scholar
  41. 41.
    Frasca R. Loss of chance rules and the valuation of loss of chance damages. J Legal Econ. 2009;15:91.Google Scholar
  42. 42.
    Buckler S. Loss of chance: recovery for the lost opportunity of survival—Matsuyama v. Birnbaum, 890 N.E.2d 819 (Mass. 2008). J Health Biomed Law. 2008;5:117, 123.Google Scholar
  43. 43.
    Zarick AL. Damage deferred: determining when a cause of action begins to accrue for a cancer misdiagnosis claim. Univ Toledo Law Rev. 2010;41:445, 460–1.Google Scholar
  44. 44.
    Koch SR. Whose loss is it anyway? Effects of the “lost-chance” doctrine on civil litigation and medical malpractice insurance. NCL Rev. 2010;88:595, 619.Google Scholar
  45. 45.
    Koch SR. Whose loss is it anyway? Effects of the “lost-chance” doctrine on civil litigation and medical malpractice insurance. NCL Rev. 2010;88:595, 635.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyThe University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

Personalised recommendations