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Veteran receives $150,000 in medical malpractice lawsuit

Many Louisiana residents have experienced health problems at some point in their lives. Often in such cases, a doctor will order testing in order to diagnose and then treat the issue appropriately. Likely, most patients waiting for test results will feel some anxiety while also trusting that medical professionals will reach an accurate diagnosis so they can eventually feel better. However, such was not the case for one patient seeking medical help at a veterans hospital. He later filed a medical malpractice lawsuit for which he recently received $150,000 in settlement.

The 49-year-old Navy veteran went to the veterans hospital with severe stomach pains that he has said made him unable to move or stand up straight for five or six days and caused him pain at a level of 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. Apparently, a doctor ordered a urinalysis, but allegedly, medical personnel accidentally switched his urine sample with that of a cocaine addict. The lawsuit states that he was then told to go home and stop taking cocaine. The patient stated that he has never taken cocaine, but the doctor did not believe him.

Following his hospital visit, the patient's pain worsened, and he went to a different hospital. There, medical professionals properly diagnosed him with gallstones and disease in his gall bladder and pancreas and arranged for surgery. The lawsuit alleges that the veterans hospital failed to properly diagnose and treat the patient since they sent him away without further testing to determine his real problem.

Anyone who has endured serious pain that is possibly indicative of a health issue can attest to the feelings of anxiety in not knowing the problem as well as hope for a prompt diagnosis leading to some relief of symptoms. Unfortunately, when medical professionals make errors, a patient's suffering is extended unnecessarily, as it was for this man. In Louisiana, as in any other state, people in this type of situation often seek legal advice from an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

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