An Oregon woman recently filed a $1.8 million injury lawsuit against her medical team after physicians mistakenly removed her breasts and uterus following a misdiagnosis. The victim’s personal injury lawsuit claims a nurse practitioner working for Curry County Health District misread her genetic test results and subsequently referred the plaintiff for a double mastectomy and hysterectomy.
According to a report by The Washington Post, staff at the hospital told the victim genetic testing revealed the plaintiff had a 50 percent chance of getting breast cancer and up to an 80 percent chance of getting uterine cancer. The victim subsequently underwent a pair of surgeries to mitigate her cancer risks and had her at-risk organs removed.
Sadly, the plaintiff later discovered her test results for risks various cancers actually came back negative. Had the nurse practitioner and surgeons properly interpreted the test results, the victim would never had undergone the painful and expensive surgeries to try and prevent developing deadly forms of cancer.
Now suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, the plaintiff ponders why she did not seek a second opinion to verify her test results. While conversations with doctors about receiving second opinions can be awkward, industry experts recommend having such conversations to ensure patients receive the best and most attentive treatment possible.
Every year, millions of Americans receive some sort of misdiagnosis or second opinion contradicting the finding of primary care physicians. Unfortunately, too many of these mistakes result in serious harm to patients including unnecessary surgeries or delay in vital medical treatment.
Often times, misdiagnosis occurs when doctors and hospital staff fail to follow medically accepted standards of care for patients. Under the law, doctors are required to provide treatment consistent with what other doctors in the same specialty would do in similar situations. When patients suffer serious injuries due to a doctor’s negligence, the law gives victims the right to file medical malpractice lawsuits and recover vital compensation.
While we expect doctors and hospitals to do the right thing and own up to their mistakes, the sad truth is that many health care providers would rather deny, delay, and defend meritorious claims from victims looking to recover from their injuries. Fortunately, an experienced personal injury lawyer in Washington DC can help plaintiffs get the justice and compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious medical malpractice injury, contact our injury lawyers in Washington DC to discuss your case, you could be entitled to substantial compensation. Call 1-800-THE FIRM (843-3476) 24 hours a day, seven days a week or fill out an online contact form with the details of your case. There is no charge for speaking to us and our attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning we do not charge any upfront fees or collect anything until we win your case.