Doctors are expected to provide proper care to their patients. When a doctor fails to properly diagnose a condition the result can be pain, injury, and further medical complications for the patient. In one such instance, a patient filed a lawsuit against a doctor and medical group because he suffered severe pain and injuries due to a failed diagnosis. The lawsuit is requesting a judgment of more than $50,000.
Misdiagnosis of Lump on Right Arm
The lawsuit alleges that the man had a mass on his right arm that was misdiagnosed. The man then underwent expensive medical treatment for what turned out to be an incorrect diagnosis. The man states that the lump was diagnosed as lipoma but was actually a schwannoma. The two conditions are not treated the same. The man therefore spent a great deal of time and money on improper treatment. At the same time, his actual condition was not being adequately treated.
Nerve Sheath Tumor
A schwannoma is also known as a nerve sheath tumor. This type of tumor is usually not cancerous but can cause problems if it pushes against other nerves and tendons. They can be more common in those with a genetic predisposition to certain types of neuro disorders. Such tumors may also be more common in those who have previously been exposed to radiation. The typical treatment for a nerve sheath tumor is surgical removal. This treatment usually eliminates the tumor entirely.
Misdiagnosis Led to Improper Treatment
The man in this case was diagnosed with lipoma. This condition is a soft tissue lump under the skin. It may not be painful to the touch and may not cause any serious complications. The doctor in this case did not perform adequate testing to determine the exact cause of the man’s arm lump. The man states that he underwent improper treatment that also caused unnecessary medical expenses. Also, the misdiagnosis may have caused the original problem to worsen.
The failure to make the right diagnosis may be considered a form of medical malpractice. The doctor is required to take the steps necessary to make the proper diagnosis of a medical condition. Evaluation should be done using all the tools and technologies available including x-rays or CT scans when necessary. Additionally, doctors should review the data with technicians and other professionals to ensure that the diagnosis is correct.
What to Do After a Misdiagnosis
The misdiagnosis of a medical problem may be physically, emotionally, and financially difficult. If a misdiagnosis leads to further injury, pain, and expense, the patient may be entitled to receive compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney will review the situation and help determine exactly what happened. Sometimes a lawsuit is necessary to recover damages caused by the neglect. Damages typically include costs of medical care as well as money for pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages may also be awarded.
If you were the victim of medical malpractice you may be eligible for damage reimbursement. Call the lawyers at Levin & Perconti to handle your claim.
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