The most important step in the fight against diseases is a correct and timely diagnosis. To successfully treat any illness, the illness must first be appropriately diagnosed. An incorrect diagnosis could delay critical treatment and allow a disease to grow and spread, causing permanent injuries and even death. In Kentucky and across the United States, failing to properly diagnose a disease or medical condition is considered medical malpractice.
A man in another state filed a claim against a hospital after providers allegedly failed to diagnose an infection, leaving him paralyzed. According to reports, the man visited the emergency room several times over the course of two years complaining of persistent back pain. During each visit, the lawsuit alleges the man was given inappropriate care then sent home. The plaintiff claims he experienced weakness in his legs and collapsed at home.
After being sent to a medical center, it was determined that the plaintiff had osteomyelitis, according to claims. Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone and is a very serious condition. The lawsuit said the man underwent emergency surgery at the hospital, but it was too late. The man claims he now suffers from paralysis due to the osteomyelitis. He seeks to hold the hospital responsible over claims that they failed to diagnose his osteomyelitis.
A correct and timely diagnosis is an important part of successfully treating any disease or illness. When medical malpractice such as this results in death or injury, victims and families in Kentucky may be able to pursue legal action. A successful claim could result in financial relief to help victims and families get through this difficult experience.