On behalf of Hastings Law Firm P.C. posted in Failure to Diagnose on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.
One of the most frequent errors made by medical professionals in Texas and elsewhere is misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, the failure to diagnose a condition can lead to prolonged illness, high medical bills and lost income — not to mention the pain and suffering of the patient. Mild traumatic brain injury often goes undiagnosed because it is often undetected by standard neurological tests, such as EEGs and CT scans.
It is true that some cases of MTBI resolve themselves within a few months, especially if they are the first occurrences suffered by patients. Nevertheless, undiagnosed MTBI can unfold into a lingering nightmare. If appropriate treatment is not provided promptly, individuals with MTBI may experience difficulties when they try to adjust to familiar living patterns, and this can lead to anxiety and depression that can impact even further on victims’ ability to function.
It is not uncommon for patients with untreated MTBI to isolate themselves from their children, spouses, family and friends, as well as refusing to participate in activities outside of familiar surroundings. Tempers may flare unexpectedly, and suicide may be considered or even attempted. The bottom line is that simply because the traumatic brain injury is mild does not mean that it is insignificant; in fact, it can be devastating if left untreated.
Doctors are not known to be forthcoming about their mistakes, and anybody who suspects a doctor’s failure to diagnose a medical condition may be overwhelmed by the prospect of complex litigation. However, with the support and guidance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney to assist with the navigation of such a claim in a Texas civil court, no one needs to face complicated legal proceedings on his or her own. After familiarizing him or herself with the details of a client’s situation, a lawyer will fight for fair judgment on behalf of a client.
Source: neuroskills.com, “The Problem with Misdiagnosis or Missed Diagnosis“, Oct. 30, 2015