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Doctor negligence alleged by dying nurse

An emergency room nurse claims that doctors continually ignored the signs that she was suffering from something serious and dismissed her concerns when she sought help for troubling symptoms. Unfortunately, even medical workers in New Jersey who understand the implications of certain symptoms can still be affected by doctor negligence. However, after dedicating their careers to caring for others, it can devastating to learn that multiple doctors failed to diagnose a deadly condition.

After time spent working in the emergency room of an out-of-state hospital, the nurse understood when to be concerned about her symptoms. It apparently all began with a concentrated headache that always centered on her right eye. She also experienced nausea and dizziness, for which she sought help. Although an MRI and a blood test displayed normal results, she continued to suffer worsening symptoms. Multiple doctors insisted that she was simply suffering from stress-related issues and urged her to reduce her level of stressful activities.

Through additional follow-ups and even an appointment with a neurologist, her worsening symptoms -- including instances of partial blindness -- were largely brushed aside. By the time a doctor finally understood how serious her condition was, it was too late to prevent serious side effects. Diagnosed with syringomyelia, she is now confined to a wheelchair and fighting against heart failure. Syringomyelia can be fatal when not treated in an appropriate amount of time and typically causes cysts to destroy the spine. Her MRI from her very first appointment showed the initial cysts forming, but the doctor at the time failed to notice.

The self-reported symptoms of patients are often a vital aspect of the diagnosis process and should be taken seriously by New Jersey doctors. Sadly, doctor negligence can prolong a patient's suffering and even rob victims of the opportunity to receive treatment in an appropriate amount of time. Although nothing can ever truly undo the pain and damage of a failed diagnosis, a successful medical malpractice suit can help victims address the medical bills and other damages related to the negligence of an attending physician.

Source:, "Dying ER Nurse Lashes Out At Dismissive Doctors Who Failed To Diagnose Fatal Disease 4 Times", Tara West, June 6, 2015

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