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Delayed diagnosis results in woman's permanent disability

The key to successfully overcoming many debilitating diseases is early detection. Most healthcare professionals recommend that patients be seen as soon as symptoms begin to develop. However, that early detection is also dependent on a doctor recognizing the symptoms for what they are and accurately diagnosing the problem. While there are some medical conditions that can be difficult to detect, it's hoped that the battery of diagnostic tests that a patient undergoes will at least point doctors in the right direction. If any of those tests seem to give an indication of the patient's problem, yet that's missed or overlooked by doctors, than a patient may have cause to be upset.

Such is the case with a southwestern Ohio woman who claims that her current disability is due to doctor error in failing to diagnose the severe infection that eventually led to her paraplegia. She claims that blood tests taken during her visit to a local hospital in 2006 indicated the presence of the infection, yet she was never told of its existence by the doctors who treated her. By the time she was correctly diagnosed with an epidural abscess, the delayed treatment was too late to avoid her being left with the ailments that she continues to suffer from today.

In her case, the woman received separate settlements from the hospital and the university which through which the doctors that failed to diagnose her condition were provided. Anyone suffering from the effects of a delayed diagnosis similar to this may be entitled to the same sort of compensation. A personal injury attorney may be a useful resource to provide information of filing is lawsuit in this situation. 

Source: University Herald "University of Cincinnati Settles a Medical Negligence Suit for $2.3 million with Paralyzed Clinton County Woman" Stephen Adkins, Nov. 05, 2013

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