A couple filed a lawsuit against a doctor and several health care providers alleging they were negligent in failing to properly diagnose the husband’s medical condition. The man sought medical treatment to find the problem causing severe headaches. The doctors failed to diagnose the cause of his headaches, which was later found to be a cerebral aneurysm. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 to cover the extensive medical treatment that was required because of the misdiagnosis.
The man in this case suffered severe headaches, which were occurring frequently. He went to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment but the correct diagnosis did not occur. Instead, the doctors missed the real reason for the man’s pain and did not provide proper treatment. Headaches can be symptoms of a number of different conditions. Doctors must perform all the proper tests and evaluations until they find the actual cause of the problem. That apparently did not happen in this case.
A cerebral aneurysm is a serious medical condition where there is a bulging in the artery wall that supplies blood to the brain. If the aneurysm ruptures it releases an amount of blood into the brain and causes a stroke or in some cases, death. Symptoms may include severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, neck pain, and seizures. The symptoms may come and go and may not be severe at first. Some people suffer a brain aneurysm without having any previous symptoms.
Tests for Cerebral Aneurysm
There are some tests that should be completed when a patient has any of the symptoms of cerebral aneurysm. A CT scan is one of the first tests that may be completed. It will show damage from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm including any bleeding on the brain. A CTA scan is a more precise method of evaluation. It uses dye injection to view blood flow. An MRA is similar to a CT scan but uses magnetic waves to view the patient’s blood vessels. A cerebral angiogram is a more precise test and can detect even very small aneurysms.
Failure to Diagnose
The failure to diagnose a medical condition is considered medical negligence. Misdiagnosis is a serious concern because patients depend on doctors to provide proper care and treatment. In this case, the man states that his treatment would not have been as extensive had the doctor made the correct initial diagnosis. It is unclear whether the proper testing was completed or evaluated. The man required much more serious medical care than if the situation would have been diagnosed and treated correctly in the beginning. Luckily, the man survived.
Doctors are held to a high standard of care and in this case, they failed to provide it. The misdiagnosis could have cost the man his life. Instead, he suffered with more pain and treatment that was more difficult. The lawsuit seeks compensation for medical treatments as well as other damages that were incurred such as pain and suffering. If you or a loved one suffered an injury because of a doctor’s negligence, call the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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