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Failure to diagnose could be devasting to New Jersey families

Just about all New Jersey children get sick at some point. When this happens, their parents seek medical treatment, expect that their child will receive the help needed and be well in the near future. The possibility of a doctor's failure to diagnose and subsequently not treating the child for the medical problem does not typically enter the parents' minds.

Unfortunately, sometimes things do not go as expected and the unthinkable happens. Recently, in a nearby state, a concerned mother has filed suit against her local hospital. She claims that when her now 20-year-old son was 10 months old, the hospital's failure to diagnose her son's condition was responsible for the brain damage he suffers.

Reports indicate that when the child was originally taken to the hospital, lab tests indicated that there could be an infection; however, he was sent home the following day. Doctors stated that he was suffering from dehydration. Several days later, the child began to show additional problems, and his mother was directed to return with the child for further assessment. Within a short period of time, the young boy began to experience seizures and was diagnosed with meningitis. Instead of becoming a healthy young adult, this boy has become dependent upon his mother for his every basic need.

Most New Jersey parents expect that their children will grow up, move out of the family home and be able to take care of themselves. The possibility of a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition is not a part of the parents' dreams and desires for their child. However, if the unthinkable happens, the family will want to review both their medical and their legal options.

Source: timesleader.com, "Lawsuit: Avoca mom says Geisinger should have diagnosed son's meningitis", Joe Dolinsky, July 5, 2016

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