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False HIV diagnosis blamed for the loss of woman's unborn baby

Advances in pharmacological science over the years have saved millions of lives. Today, patients in Providence have access to a wide array of drugs and medications aimed at treating both minor and severe illnesses. Yet for all of their lifesaving potential, many medications also carry with them some unwelcome side effects. Patients suffering from severe ailments will often put up with these side effects because they know their medications are necessary if they hope to improve. Yet when incorrect diagnoses lead to prescription medication errors, those who suffer from these side effects may be less likely to endure such suffering quietly.

Such is the case with a Texas woman currently involved in a lawsuit over her having been misdiagnosed with HIV. She had initially had a round of lab work done after discovering that she was pregnant. Personnel from the lab later informed her that her blood sample had tested positive for HIV. She was told she needed to begin taking medication in order to protect her unborn baby. However, she believes that the medication led to her ultimately losing the baby. A subsequent blood test showed that she actually was not HIV positive, and it was later discovered that her initial blood sample had been mislabeled. She claims to have never been made aware of this mistake.

While healthcare providers typically only prescribe drugs with their patients' well-being in mind, a prescription stemming from a false diagnosis could do more harm than good. Should such a medication error cause someone to suffer both physically and emotionally, he or she may have good cause to seek compensation for that suffering. A personal injury lawyer may of great assistance if one is considering such action. 

Source: Courthouse News Service " Woman Seeks Damages for Medical Debacle" Erik De La Garza, June 05, 2014

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