Medical malpractice does not just occur for adults. People in Pennsylvania may already realize that sometimes children are sadly put at risk by a misdiagnosis. One man recently had to appeal a malpractice claim he had filed just after becoming a legal adult following his misdiagnosed as a child.
A radiologist is currently being sued for the failure to diagnose a condition that allegedly should have been determined during a man's first MRI. The man had experienced nausea, headaches and dizziness at the age of nine. He also suffered from double vision and leg weakness. During that same year, an MRI was performed. The radiologist apparently reviewed the MRI and did not find anything that seemed to be out of the normal range.
At the age of 17, the young man was given another MRI by a different radiologist, presumably when the symptoms continued. This time it was determined that there was a medical condition that apparently should have been diagnosed by the first radiologist. The condition causes the young man's brain tissues to protrude into his spinal canal. He filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the first radiologist who failed to initially find the condition shortly after he turned 18.
The case was at first dismissed because of an alleged issue with a statute of limitations and the fact that the failure to diagnose the condition happened when he was 9 years old. After an appeal filed by the young man, the Supreme Court decided that the case would be allowed to be heard by a judge. People in Pennsylvania would probably understand that even when someone says no, fighting for justice with the help of someone experienced in the field of medical malpractice cases may not only compensate for the misdiagnosis but could also help someone else in the same situation.
Source: tri-cityherald.com, State Supreme Court allows medical malpractice lawsuit to proceed, No author, Jan. 16, 2014