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Doctor sued for medical malpractice after misdiagnosis

Medical malpractice and doctor's errors occur everyday across the country. While in the majority of cases patients avoid serious and life-threatening personal injuries, in some cases they do not. Among the most dangerous doctor's errors that occur in hospitals are those involving failures in diagnosis or misdiagnosis of serious conditions. Maryland residents may find the following blog on failures in diagnosis interesting.

An East Coast man is suing his former doctor for failing to diagnose and treat a large epidural abscess that was pressing on the patient's spinal cord. According to the complaint, the patient was admitted to the hospital in July 2011, where he was placed in the care of the defendant. While there, the patient claims that, because of his doctor's negligent acts and omissions, he was denied the treatment that he actually needed.

The lawsuit alleges that as a direct cause of the doctor's errors and a failure to diagnose the condition, the plaintiff sustained serious personal injuries including pain and suffering and permanent paralysis. The suit further states that as a direct and proximate result of the doctor's breach of his duty, the patient and his family suffered economic loss in the form of lost income. The patient is asking the court for compensatory damages for his injuries

There are many reasons a doctor may misdiagnose or fail to diagnose a serious medical condition. Sadly, one of the most common reasons for this critical mistake is a failure in communication. While there are a number of things that patients can do to protect their own interests, such as asking questions and staying invested in the process, if a patient is injured because of a doctor's errors it may be medical malpractice.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Couple sue physician for medical malpractice," Kyla Asbury, August 09, 2013

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