When you go to the hospital in pain, you have a reasonable expectation that you will be examined, diagnosed and treated. Any person has a right to believe that this is exactly what will happen. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis occurs at an alarming rate in the United States and doctors do not always own their mistakes.
Recently, defendants in a medical malpractice case in Illinois have denied that they were negligent in correctly diagnosing a patient who entered the E.R.
According to court documents, Deron Gatling went to the Anderson Hospital emergency room in Madison County, Illinois, complaining of leg pain. He was seen by doctors Price Omondi and Stephen Coulson. Gatling believed that he had been injured after playing basketball for several hours.
Gatling says that the doctors performed an examination and ordered testing. He further states that neither doctor diagnosed compartment syndrome and rhabdomyolysis. Instead, the doctors gave Gatling pain medication which served to mask his symptoms.
Gatling went to Christian Northeast Hospital the next day where he was properly diagnosed. He underwent several surgeries and a lengthy recovery process. He is now seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
The doctors named in the suit not only deny misdiagnosing Gatling, but also say that Gatling’s injuries were not as severe as he described.
If you visited a doctor in New York who failed to diagnose your condition, call our office. You have a right to compensation provided you can prove that you were injured due to a medical error. Let us review your case at no cost and advise you of your options. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm.