Proper detection and diagnosis of a medical condition a patient suffers from can be extremely important. It can help make sure that a patient receives proper treatment in a timely manner and can thus help prevent conditions or injuries from leading to further health problems for patients. Thus, it is very important for doctors to not act negligently when they see and diagnose patients.
Recently, a doctor negligence case has arisen in West Virginia involving failure to detect a medical condition.
The case involves a man who, in 2004, allegedly received care from a West Virginia doctor. The man claims that the doctor was negligent in regards to this care. Specifically, he alleges that the doctor negligently failed to detect a pituitary tumor that the man suffered from. This tumor allegedly was not discovered until three years later.
According to the man, this delay in discovering the pituitary tumor prevented him from being able to “fend off” diabetes. He also claims that it led to him suffering a variety of harms including:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury
- Mental anguish
The man has now brought a medical malpractice lawsuit in West Virginia against the doctor in connection to these allegations.
The allegations in this case demonstrate how much harm patients can suffer when doctors negligently fail to detect and/or diagnose a medical problem that a patient is suffering from. Thus, one hopes that doctors will make sure to provide their patients with nothing but quality care when seeing them and diagnosing them.
Source: The West Virginia Record, “Mason doctor failed to detect tumor, diabetes, suit alleges,” Lawrence Smith, 9 Jun 2011