Missed, Delayed, or Wrong Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Can Result in Serious Complications for Patients
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that causes repeated attacks on the covering that surrounds the nerve fibers. This disrupts the communication between the body and the brain and ultimately leads to deterioration of the nerves and/or permanent nerve damage. It also happens to be a condition that is often misdiagnosed. In some cases, this may lead to faster progression of the untreated condition. In others, it can place patients at risk for the potentially serious and long-term complications of medications they never needed. The following explains more about missed, delayed, and improper MS misdiagnoses, and how to seek compensation if you or someone you love was injured because of that medical mistake.Missed and Delayed Diagnosis
Although there is no cure for MS, early treatment can reduce the disease’s activity and it may even delay the onset of complete disability. Unfortunately, one study estimates that some 39 percent of patients who visit an emergency room for early symptoms will experience a delay in diagnosis. Around 16 percent may go a year or more without ever receiving a diagnosis. All the while, the disease progresses. In some cases, this can be a significant progression, which could ultimately lead to early and potentially even unnecessary disability and/or fatality. In such situations, the assistance of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer is critical.Improper Diagnosis of MS
Not all malpractice cases involve the delayed diagnosis of MS. Some may be the result of an improper diagnosis (a diagnosis of MS for a non-MS condition). In these situations, the risk and/or complications may be different. The patient may have suffered serious or long-term complications from the medications they were prescribed, or they may have experienced an injury or complication from their participation in a clinical trial. In all of these situations, the problem is that the patient received treatment for a condition they did not have. Any injuries or complications could be grounds for a medical malpractice case.Determining if You Have a Viable Case
Because no two situations are exactly alike, it is impossible to make blanket statements regarding whom may be owed compensation. As such, victims who have experience injury or serious complications, either because of a delayed diagnosis or an improper diagnosis of MS, should consult with an experienced attorney. This ensures that your case is examined by a professional - one who can help to determine if you may have grounds for a claim.
At Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP, we empathize with the suffering that patients experience after a wrong or delayed diagnosis. Dedicated to their interests, we fight to protect their rights and always pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Learn more about how we can assist with your case. Call (408) 289-1417 and schedule a free initial consultation with our San Jose medical malpractice attorneys today.Sources