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Alleged delayed diagnosis leads to suit against veterans facility

A couple in another state has accused a veterans medical facility of not diagnosing a man's epidural abscess in a timely fashion. Thus, the medical facility is now facing a medical malpractice claim. If a delayed diagnosis leads to harm to a patient in West Virginia or elsewhere, that patient has the right to take legal action in the pursuit of justice.

In the out-of-state case, the married couple claim that the man was under a medical facility's care back in 2015 to receive treatment for weakness in this lower extremities. However, the plaintiffs assert that the facility did not perform a comprehensive differential diagnosis, so it ended up not diagnosing his abscess quickly enough. The couple thus decided to file an administrative claim against the veterans medical facility, seeking damages totaling $20 million.

According to the plaintiffs, the United States should be held legally responsible in this situation, as the nation's veteran affairs department denied the plaintiffs' claim since a settlement was reportedly not possible at the time. The plaintiffs are seeking damages totaling $20 million as part of their suit. They are also seeking interest, suit costs and other relief.

In a medical malpractice case involving a delayed diagnosis in West Virginia, understanding what facts have to be proved are likely critical for prevailing in this type of case. A positive outcome may lead to a damage award, which may help with addressing medical costs and even the loss of wages stemming from the delayed diagnosis. Monetary compensation may also help to address pain and suffering caused by the incident.

Source:, "St. John the Baptist Parish couple seeks $20 million over allegations of medical malpractice", Michael Abella, March 27, 2017

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