Diagnosis-related negligence can be a very serious matter. Such medical negligence can lead to delays in the detection and treatment of medical conditions patients suffer from. Such delays can result in patients suffering significant harm.
Recently, nj.com reported on a medical malpractice case that involves allegations of diagnosis-related negligence. The case involves a woman who received care at a hospital in New Jersey in 2007.
The woman alleges that, during this care, doctors at the hospital negligently failed to diagnose a medical condition she was suffering from. The condition in question was cauda equina syndrome.
According to the woman, this alleged failure to diagnose led to her becoming paralyzed from the waist down and this in turn has led to her having to have lifetime catheterization/bowel treatments and being wheelchair-bound.
The woman brought a medical malpractice lawsuit in a court in New Jersey in connection to the above allegations. The above-mentioned hospital and three doctors (a neurologist and two ER doctors) are named as defendants in this case. The woman reportedly is seeking damages in this case.
According to the above-mentioned nj.com article, the trial in this case is currently in progress. One wonders what will ultimately happen in this case.
As the allegations in this case illustrate, diagnosis-related negligence can be very harmful. Thus, one hopes that all medical professionals and medical facilities make sure to act properly when it comes to the diagnosing of patients. One also hopes medical professionals and medical facilities are held accountable when they commit harmful diagnosis-related negligence.
Source: nj.com, “Woman paralyzed from waist down suing Jersey City Medical Center for $1 million,” Daniel Reyes, Feb. 26, 2013