Medical Malpractice in the United States
Medical errors are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. In 2016, a study completed by Johns Hopkins proved that acts of medical negligence are responsible for over 250,000 patient fatalities a year, making it the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. As a legal term, “medical malpractice” encompasses any situation where a doctor’s actions, failures, and/or omissions cause harm to a patient. This is a very nuanced field of law, not least because providers are reluctant to disclose any mistakes or accidents that could result in potential litigation. For this reason and more, victims of medical malpractice are encouraged to retain legal representation after a harmful incident occurs.
What Happens if a Doctor Fails to Diagnose My Condition?
In certain instances, a doctor’s failure to diagnose and treat a medical condition can be considered an act of medical malpractice. In fact, Attorney Robert F. Daley of Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. is currently representing a couple in a case involving medical professional liability negligence.
Sunney E. Freeman Jr. and Ashley Freeman recently filed a complaint against four doctors who failed to order tests that could have diagnosed Mr. Freeman’s spinal epidural abscess. Mr. Freeman first visited St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington on March 29, 2017 because he was experiencing back pains and breathing problems. The doctors quickly diagnosed Mr. Freeman with pleurisy, an inflammatory condition that affects the chest and lungs, without ordering any diagnostic tests that would rule out a spinal epidural abscess.
Three days later, Mr. Freeman returned to the hospital because he was experiencing worsening symptoms and excruciating pain. The same doctors evaluated Mr. Freeman’s condition before once again diagnosing him with pleurisy and pleurodynia. On April 2, 2017, Mr. Freeman lost feeling in both of his legs and was rushed to the emergency room at Cabell Huntington Hospital. The doctors at this facility ran the appropriate tests and finally discovered the large epidural abscess in Mr. Freeman’s spine.
Because the defendants failed to order the proper tests, Mr. Freeman lost the ability to walk for two months and still suffers from limited mobility.
Have You Been Harmed by the Actions of a Negligent Medical Professional?
Contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. if you or a family member has suffered injuries, disability, or death because a medical professional failed to deliver a reasonable standard of care. Our award-winning legal team has been providing compassionate guidance, innovative legal strategies, and personalized services to the survivors of medical malpractice for over 40 years. We have the skills and resources to investigate your case, consult with medical specialists, and develop a litigation strategy that reflects your interests and maximizes your claim.
Are you ready to seek justice and restitution through civil litigation? Contact Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. at (844) 383-0565 to arrange a free consultation with our experienced legal team.
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