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Doctor errors can result in life-altering consequences

In Prince Georges County, Maryland, the relationship between patients and doctors are built on a strong foundation of trust. Patients go to their doctors whenever they feel sick or unwell. Doctors then proceed with diagnosing the patient's illness to determine the right treatment. However, doctor errors may sometimes arise during the initial diagnosis. A mix up of data can result in a misdiagnosis, resulting in a wrong treatment that can endanger a patient's life.

Diagnostic error is one of the major reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States. For instance, a young girl suffered for one and a half years, due to a diagnostic error.

According to the girl's mother, her daughter started experiencing high fevers when she was 4-years-old. The girl underwent a series of blood tests, which showed negative results. One of the doctors recommended a test that would determine if the child was suffering from Familial Mediterranean Fever. The mother and her child then traveled to Maryland to undergo genetic testing, which confirmed that the child was suffering from this disease.

The child began taking medication for the condition, even though there is no cure for the disease. The child's mother then decided to be tested for Familial Mediterranean Fever as well. After the test, the mother was informed that there was a lab mix-up, and her child did not have the disease. He only needed to have her tonsils removed.

Cases like this, although rare, put the patients' lives in danger. A wrong diagnosis can cause the patient to undergo procedures and treatments that may later be deemed unnecessary. This can result in a worsened physical condition or, in some cases, even death. Here in Maryland, readers should know that they can be compensated, if they suffered an injury or a worsened physical condition due to a doctor's error. In cases like this, they may seek legal guidance for further evaluation.

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, "Medical test mistakes pose serious risk," Lisa Iannucci, May 25, 2014

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