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Woman files medical malpractice suit for delayed tumor diagnosis

For most people in West Virginia and across the country, there is not much choice when it comes to trusting a doctor about their health. When a patient goes to a health care professional complaining of pain, they have every right to expect the appropriate tests will be performed to diagnosis the issue, whatever it may be, so that the proper treatment can be provided. In a medical malpractice suit in another state, a woman claims that a doctor failed to perform such tests, resulting in much-delayed diagnosis of her cancer, with painful consequences.

On March 20, the woman filed a complaint in her local circuit court, naming as defendants both Integrated Medical Group Inc. -- the health care facility where she was seen -- and the doctor who treated her there. The woman alleges that the clinic and her doctor failed to use the accepted standard of care when they failed to diagnose her spinal tumor. As a result of their mistake, their failure of evaluation and treatment means, she alleges that she experiences continued physical anguish.

It is claimed that the woman began complaining to her doctor of discomfort and pain in her cervical spine area all the way back in late 2006. Despite her pain, the physician and the medical group failed to take regular X-rays to monitor her condition, and neither did the clinic take regular MRI or CT scans to monitor her progress, or lack thereof. When her condition did not improve, they further failed to refer her to a specialist.

As a result, it was not until nearly nine years later, on April 22, 2015, that the woman's tenosynovial giant cell tumor in her spine was discovered. For their egregious alleged failings, the woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, wherein she requests trial by jury. She asks judgment in excess of $50,000, along with the cost of the suit, plus any further relief the court believes is appropriate. In similar cases of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis in West Virginia, anyone who has suffered because of a doctor's error may find the knowledgeable legal counsel of a medical malpractice attorney beneficial.

Source: madisonrecord.com, "Patient alleges chiropractor failed to diagnose spinal tumor", Noddy A. Fernandez, March 28, 2017

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