Many medical malpractice lawsuits come out of the misdiagnosis of a medical condition, illness, or injury. If a doctor’s incorrect diagnosis leads to incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or no treatment at all, the patient’s medical condition would become worse, and potentially result in death.
However, not all cases of misdiagnosis are the result of medical negligence. There are skilled doctors who can and do make diagnostic errors even when they use reasonable care. To determine whether the doctor was acting negligently, there needs to be an evaluation of what the doctor did or did not do in arriving at his or her diagnosis.
A $4 million medical malpractice verdict has been awarded to a man after his neurologist had him undergo agonizing treatments over a four year period when he didn’t even have the condition.
The patient, Robert Wyble, was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, which is a potentially fatal neuromuscular disease and led to years of serious medical treatment, medication, and surgery. Among the treatments Wyble had was the removal of his thymus gland, which required that his chest be opened and then wired shut. He also underwent biweekly blood treatments and was put on medication that resulted in him gaining eighty pounds and developing hypertension.
After four years of treatment, Wyble’s doctor, Dr. Dale Lange, left Mount Sinai, leaving Wyble in need of a new doctor. His new doctor was not convinced that he was suffering from myasthenia gravis and discontinued some of the harmful medications.
This new doctor gave Wyble a diagnosis of cataplexy, which is sudden muscle weakness. She prescribed Wyble with new medication and as a result he began to feel much better.
Lange’s lawyer says they plan to appeal the verdict. His attorney claims that Lange’s “medical judgments and the treatment recommendations . . . were sound and made in accordance with accepted established practice.”
If you or a loved one has suffered years of unnecessary treatment as the result of a doctor’s negligent misdiagnosis, contact an experienced Kingston, New York medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case.
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