A woman in another state recently claimed that she lost her leg due to the carelessness of a hospital and several medical providers. She has filed a medical malpractice claim against these parties. Patients in West Virginia who suffer harm due to a doctor’s delayed diagnosis have the right to take legal action.
The woman reports that she sought treatment at the hospital’s emergency room after suffering acute pain in her right foot. A few days later, a physician’s assistant evaluated the woman at the woman’s primary care office because she was still complaining about swelling and pain in her right big toe. She received a gout diagnosis and was given medications.
When the woman’s pain grew worse, the primary care office instructed her to go to the emergency room. At the emergency room, she was then instructed to go back to her primary care doctor and to request another medication besides the gout medicine. She then went to another hospital, which discovered that she had a major blood clot in the right groin area, which was leading to inadequate blood supply to her foot. Despite efforts to address the clot, the woman ended up losing her lower leg and right foot.
The woman claims that the medical providers she saw before going to the second hospital were careless, reckless and negligent and that they deviated from the proper standard of care. As a result, she reportedly endured pain and suffering, the loss of her limb, mental anguish and economic losses. A monetary damage award in a successfully fought medical malpractice lawsuit cannot undo the events leading to patient harm as a result of a delayed diagnosis in West Virginia. However, the financial damages may help the patient to more easily move on from the devastating ordeal.
Source: wvrecord.com, “Woman sues Lifepoint Hospitals for medical malpractice“, Kyla Asbury, June 13, 2017