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Doctors found liable after misdiagnosis leads to woman's death

Patients in Providence rely on their healthcare providers being as thorough as possible when attempting to diagnose their ailments. Even in situations where an element of a diagnostic test may be harmful to a patient, alternative methods to detect the suspected condition should still be discussed. Simply ruling a condition or cause out because it wasn’t tested for may be viewed as a failure to meet an established standard of care. Patients may end up paying the ultimate price for such an omission.

A Michigan jury recently decided that was the case in a lawsuit involving the misdiagnosis of a local woman. She died following a visit to a local emergency room. During the visit, doctors allegedly didn’t test for the aortic dissection that eventually killed her because she said she was allergic to one of the substances typically used in the diagnostic test. Despite her allergy, her attorney argued that doctors should have sought other means to test for the condition. The jury ultimately agreed, awarding the woman’s family a $750,000 judgment from the physicians group whose doctors had misdiagnosed her.

Lawsuits involving medical care can be difficult given the many components involved. Patients can’t often recognize that a failure to diagnose a condition was the result of doctor negligence or not. Even if they suspect such negligence, proving that it happened may be difficult on their own. A personal injury attorney with experience in medical malpractice cases may provide them with the knowledge needed to identify such an error. Those wanting to initiate legal action against their healthcare providers may want to consider taking advantage of such a resource. 

Source: The Flint Journal “Shiawassee County jury delivers $750,000 verdict after misdiagnosis leads to death” Gary Ridley, Feb. 05, 2014 

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