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Failure to diagnose tick-related illness may have caused death

Certain illnesses appear to become more prevalent during warm weather, such as those related to bug bites from insects like mosquitoes or ticks. The failure to diagnose an illness related to such a bite can have serious consequences for New Jersey patients. In May 2014, a young girl was bit by a tick and began to suffer related symptoms shortly after.

After she played in the yard at the house of family friends, the parents of an almost 2-year-old girl located a tick on her body. They removed the tick, but she began to exhibit symptoms of serious illness less than a week later. A rash formed on the girl and her fever spiked to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

Her parents took her to her pediatrician, who reportedly said she simply had some sort of viral illness. They were advised to take their daughter back home and watch her fever. Over the next few days, the girl’s condition deteriorated, ultimately landing her in a children’s hospital. Sadly, she later succumbed to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a disease that she had contracted from the tick. RMSF caused the young girl’s death by putting her into organ failure and also septic shock.

The initial failure to diagnose her tick-related RMSF likely cost the young girl and her family valuable time that could have been used to treat her illness accordingly. In New Jersey, families who have suffered similar tragic losses after a healthcare professional did not correctly diagnose their loved one’s illness may seek financial compensation on behalf of the victim. A medical malpractice claim filed on behalf of their loved one can provide financial recourse for medical bills that were incurred during attempts to save the victim’s life.

Source: leesburgtoday.com, "Tragedy Is a Call to Action for Grieving Great Grandmother", Dulcy Hooper, Aug. 8, 2014

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