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Patient blames amputations on a failure to diagnose

When a New Jersey patient is seriously injured by negligent mistakes, it's not just the victim that suffers. His or her family is also often adversely affected. An out-of-state woman believes that she is the victim of such mistakes that occurred during multiple trips to the emergency room. The patient claims that the failure to diagnose the serious infection that she had resulted in the amputation of her limbs. She has since filed a medical malpractice suit against the hospital that she visited.

At the time of her first visit to the emergency room, doctors apparently failed to diagnose her uterine infection and instead prescribed her some painkillers. She was then instructed to follow up with a gynecologist, who prescribed antibiotics and scheduled a hysterectomy, although the infection was still not diagnosed. When intolerable pain sent her back to the emergency room a second time, the diagnosis was reportedly missed yet again and she was sent back home.

On her third and final visit to the emergency room, doctors insisted that she be driven to a different hospital to be examined by her own physician. Before she could leave, she was found suffering from sepsis and endometriosis. By that point, the infection had spread so far and become so serious that saving her arms and legs was not possible. 

Her medical malpractice suit claims that the emergency room doctors never performed a proper pelvic exam which, based on the results from an ultrasound, she says should have been conducted. Now she alleges that she'll need extensive medical care for life and that she's been left entirely dependent on those around her for even simple tasks. This type of devastation that follows a failure to diagnose a serious condition can ravage New Jersey victims and their family. One of the most appropriate courses of action that a victim can take is often to pursue a medical malpractice claim. If successful, victims may achieve a monetary judgment that will allow them to focus more on their recovery instead of their bills.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Baltimore woman sues Hopkins after losing limbs", Andrea K. MacDaniels, Dec. 30, 2014

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