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Failure of doctors to diagnose foot fractures costs man his job

Many in Providence were probably told while growing up that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” One hopes that advice has never been given in reference to healthcare, as patients rely upon a doctor’s initial diagnosis to accurately pinpoint what’s wrong with them, how they might fix such an injury or ailment, and what to expect during their recovery. Yet despite advances in medical science, there still is no iron-clad guarantee of accuracy on a patient’s first visit.

Yet one would certainly hope that should his or her problems persist, any subsequent diagnostic tests would be able to produce an answer to what’s ailing them. Such was the expectation of a Texas man wanting to know the extent of the injuries to his foot following an accident late last year. An initial physician interpretation of his foot x-rays found no fractures in his foot, and he was told he could return to work. The pain persisted, yet a subsequent x-ray reading produced the same results. Fractures were eventually discovered by another doctor, yet the ordeal cost the man his job. He recently has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit which names among the defendants the two doctors who read his first two x-rays and failed to notice the fractures.

While it’s impossible to remove human error from every profession, doctor errors can have far-reaching consequences that drastically alter patients’ lives. Such is the reason why they are held to such a high standard, and why a failure to be at their best can open them up to claims of liability. Bringing such action against a doctor, however, is rarely easy. Thus, anyone needing to do it may wish to work with a personal injury attorney to help assist them in initiating such a process. 

Source: Southeast Texas Record “Man claims foot fracture misdiagnosed, sues doctors and hospital” Melody Dareing, Jan. 20, 2014

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