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Possibly fatal diagnosis results from initial failure to diagnose

It isn't unusual for malpractice attorneys to become familiar with medical procedures, as many Louisiana residents may be aware. They also become familiar with the many ways that these procedures can go wrong. However, despite what they know, many may not think about being victims of medical malpractice themselves. A malpractice attorney was diagnosed with inoperable kidney cancer after a failure to diagnose a malignant tumor in 2009. 

The patient underwent an MRI scan in 2009 as a precaution because he had a history of kidney stones. According to the radiology report, the only thing found in the scan was believed to be a benign cyst. Unfortunately, over the next six years, the misdiagnosed tumor was allowed to continue growing and spread to other parts of his body. 

When the cancer was finally diagnosed in 2015, it had spread to the patient's spine and shoulder. One doctor even claimed that the cancer was now not only inoperable but likely would prove to be terminal. The patient did receive what he claims was a substantial settlement, and he has been receiving treatment. Although the treatment has not resulted in hair loss, it has caused significant weight loss and it often affects the patient's voice. 

Cases like this may help some people to realize that it is possible for anyone, even those who are familiar with medical procedures and their risks, to be affected by malpractice. Louisiana residents who believe that a failure to diagnose a medical condition has resulted in a more severe diagnosis or continued suffering may wish to consult with an attorney. Victims of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation for current and future medical costs, loss of income, or pain and suffering. Some families may also be entitled to funeral costs if the malpractice resulted in the death of the patient. 

Source: The Boston Globe, "Malpractice lawyer now finds himself a victim", Jonathan Saltzman, Feb. 17, 2018

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