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Doctor sued for intentional misdiagnosis

One of the most common forms of doctor error and hospital negligence involves medical misdiagnosis. The reasons for medical misdiagnosis are vast. Sometimes the failure to diagnosis a condition is the result of a patient suffering from a rare illness with complex symptoms. In other cases it is the result of preventable medical negligence. Maryland parents may be troubled to learn about just such an incident.

According to recent news reports approximately 350 people have filed a medical malpractice claim against the same doctor. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the neurologist intentionally misdiagnosed them with epilepsy when they were children. The class action suit has been brought against both the neurologist who diagnosed the plaintiffs more than a decade ago and the neurologist's former employer.

The lawsuit alleges that the neurologist intentionally diagnosed children with epilepsy that did not have epilepsy in order to increase his salary. The plaintiffs further allege that the hospital was warned of the doctor's actions and failed to stop him. As a result of the doctor's intentional misdiagnosis, many of the patients were placed on heavy anti-seizure medications that they did not require. The doctor currently practice medicine in another country and his medical license the United States remains in good standing.

Medical misdiagnosis is a serious problem. Misdiagnosis can result in everything from a doctor's failure to diagnosis the actual condition, thereby delaying the necessary treatment, to subjecting patients to painful and dangerous procedures or medications. While not every medical misdiagnosis or all doctors' errors are the result of negligence, and even fewer because of intentional wrongdoing, these things do happen. And when they do happen, it is important to hold the responsible party accountable.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Patients await justice in epilepsy misdiagnoses suit against ex-Bloomfield Hills doctor," Tresa Baldas, Jan. 21, 2014

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