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Delay in diagnosis led to the need for additional surgeries

A female patient goes to the emergency room for abdomen discomfort, but she is not actually treated until the following day. It is apparent that treating physicians either misdiagnosed the significance of her problem or failed to diagnose here symptoms altogether.

The next day, the woman is ultimately treated for free air that was contained inside of the abdomen, but because of a delay in treatment she had not undergo an additional number of surgeries to have the problem corrected. She is now suing the hospital for medical malpractice on a basis of a failure to diagnose her symptoms.

The failure to diagnose a problem is common in Pittsburgh and other areas of the country when it comes to filing of medical malpractice claims by attorneys. In fact, it may be one of the most common types of medical malpractice in existence.

The reason why it is such a significant claim is because, like in the woman's circumstances mentioned above, a delay to diagnose and treat a symptom or disease may only make the symptoms worse. Patients thus are forced to undergo a number of medical procedures that might have been avoided if the condition was treated immediately.

No one willingly would submit to additional surgery if it could be avoided. Many such procedures are invasive and require the cutting open of the body. The patient may have to undergo the application of anesthesia, which can be harmful, and there are always risks when it comes to any type of surgery. Also, the recovery process can be extremely slow.

It will be up to the courts to decide if medical malpractice actually occurred in this woman's case. Making such a determination is often quite complicated. However, the severity of injuries that can occur due to doctor or hospital negligence gives patients few other options.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Woman sues CAMC for medical malpractice," by Kyla Asbury, September 18, 2012

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