Appendicitis is an acute inflammation of the appendix and requires immediate medical treatment. The failure to properly diagnose a patient with appendicitis caused serious injuries and medical care. The patient filed a lawsuit against the doctor, Christ Immediate Care, and Oaklawn Immediate Care alleging that their failure to make a diagnosis caused injuries. The victim is requesting a jury trial and damages of more than $50,000.
The appendix is an unnecessary body part so if it becomes inflamed it can be removed with no negative consequence. Appendicitis symptoms may be similar to other medical problems so the doctor must take care to perform the proper tests in order to make the correct diagnosis. If an inflamed appendicitis bursts it becomes a very serious medical emergency and the patient could die. An eruption of the appendix spews infected matter into the abdominal cavity. This creates an urgent medical situation.
Some of the symptoms of appendicitis are the same as those of other conditions. The patient may have pain, especially in the stomach area. The pain may become sharp and may settle to the area located in the lower right abdomen. The person may also experience vomiting, a loss of appetite, and a fever. The abdomen may also appear swollen. As the infection worsens, so do the symptoms. A person may initially not have many of the classic symptoms but may soon suffer severe cramps and pain.
Prompt Medical Attention Is Required
Prompt medical attention is required for the successful treatment of appendicitis. Appendicitis is treated only with surgery, although some patients may require medication to reduce the symptoms if they are not immediately a good candidate for surgery. If the appendix bursts, the patient must have emergency surgery and they could suffer severe pain. Left untreated, a patient can die from an erupted appendix. In this case, the woman sought medical treatment for her symptoms but the doctor allegedly failed to properly diagnose her condition.
Failure to Diagnose
The failure to diagnose a medical condition is likely considered medical malpractice. A doctor has the duty to provide proper care and must not do anything that could be considered negligent. In this instance, the doctor failed to make the correct diagnosis and the patient was seriously harmed as a result. The woman would not have suffered severe problems had the diagnosis originally been made and treatment rendered. The woman holds the doctor and hospitals responsible because they did not provide the necessary treatment.
Compensation for Injuries Suffered
The victim of medical malpractice may be eligible for compensation. Any damages incurred because of the misdiagnosis should be covered by the responsible parties. Besides medical costs, the victim may request money for pain and suffering caused by the injuries. Additionally, other damages may be incurred, such as lost wages and legal expenses. The doctor should be held accountable so that the same problem does not happen again in the future.
If you are the victim of a misdiagnosis that caused serious medical harm, call the skilled legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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