Modern society relies wholeheartedly on medical professionals to diagnose and properly treat ailments. From a list of symptoms, a Providence doctor is trained to piece together the health warning signs in order to be directed to the underlying source of the issue. When a doctor error occurs, for example when a physician fails to notice obvious indicators of a greater fundamental problem, the consequences can be damaging. Misdiagnosis or delayed treatment can lead to the spread of infections, a worsened condition that is difficult to treat and sometimes even an irreversible disability.
This may be what happened to one woman who claims that over the course of more than 3 weeks her acute hearing loss became physically debilitating and possibly permanent due to the fact that doctors did not refer her to specialists in time. She seeks compensation in a lawsuit involving a hospital and two clinics.
The plaintiff alleges that doctors failed to diagnose her with sensory neural hearing loss that worsened over time while they treated her for ear infections, sinusitis and tinnitus, among other conditions. Further claims point to the fact that lack of informed consent, combined with inadequate prescription drugs and even lack of action, resulted in hearing loss in one ear.
When a patient experiences ongoing or life-long infirmities at the hands of a Rhode Island doctor's misdiagnosis or failure to properly treat, they may be able to receive economic compensation to cover lost wages, past and future medical expenses and sometimes even reparation for pain and suffering. If you believe that you have fallen victim to a medical error, speaking with an experienced attorney may greatly benefit you.
Source: The Green River Star, "Misdiagnosis leads to lawsuits," Stephanie Thompson, July 10, 2013