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Lawsuit: Doctor failed to diagnose abdominal problems


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 25, 2012 in Failure To Diagnose

For people without a medical license and years of training and schooling in medicine, we must rely on those who do when we are sick. We assume that doctors will listen to our health-related problems, use their experience and resources to determine the best course of action and then make a diagnosis. However, there are times that this does not happen. In Connecticut and elsewhere, there are times when a doctor simply wants to take a shortcut or fails to take all symptoms into consideration when making a diagnosis.

Ultimately, it is the patient who suffers from this type of negligence. Doctors who do not take the time or energy to thoroughly examine a patient put that person as risk because they can fail to diagnose or make a misdiagnosis related to a serious health issue that can be very devastating for a patient.

Recently, one man experienced such an event. He went to the emergency room complaining of abdominal pain. Although he had explained to the doctor that he had undergone gastric bypass surgery earlier, it appeared as though this piece of information was dismissed. The doctor quickly and incorrectly decided that the man had fluid in his pelvis and sent the man home.

The man later returned with the same complaints and saw a surgeon who noticed that the original doctor had failed to notice a closed-loop obstruction in the man's abdomen on the CT scan he had ordered. The man had to then undergo three surgeries for the internal leaks that resulted from the obstruction.

The man filed a lawsuit against the doctor because he failed to make a proper diagnosis. This error resulted in serious and permanent physical damages, pain, suffering, and substantial medical bills. He is seeking more than $50,000 in compensation for what he had to go through because of the doctor's negligence. In addition to the doctor, the patient is also holding the hospital and the Emergency Department Services responsible.

Source: Madison-St.Clair Record, "Edwardsville man sues Anderson, Midwest Emergency and ER doctor," Kelly Holleran, Oct. 23, 2012