A case of a urine sample mix-up led to problems for a Veterans Affairs hospital. A recent news story gives more details about a man who did not receive the proper treatment at the military hospital. Although he was eventually able to get treatment, the medical misdiagnosis allegedly caused increased pain and suffering for the man. Veterans seeking treatment in Rhode Island hospitals may be interested to learn more about the details of the story.
The man, a Navy veteran, says that he went to the hospital complaining of stomach pains. He gave a urine sample, which allegedly was switched with another person's sample. The incident led the hospital to misdiagnose the man as a cocaine addict, and he left the hospital without treatment and with pamphlets about substance abuse.
Luckily, the man sought treatment at another facility, but only after days of worsening pain. A neighbor finally was able to bring him to the second hospital where they immediately diagnosed him with gall stones and disease of the gall bladder and pancreas. He was sent to emergency surgery. The man did recover, but he is seeking an award for the mistake, medical bills, and his pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, incidents such as this one can happen when medical staff do not assign medical samples to the correct individual, even in Rhode Island. Protocols to prevent this type of error exist, and if they are followed, these mistakes can be reduced. In the meantime, if this type of medical misdiagnosis occurs, individuals are able to seek compensation for their losses. Many choose to do so with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: Fox News, "VA hospital's urine sample mix-up led to cocaine addict diagnosis, vet says", Stephen Sorace, Jan. 15, 2018