An alleged victim of doctor errors has initiated a legal action relating to her injuries. The woman claims that doctors made a mistake in diagnosing her condition, which led to the inflammation of her brain and other injuries. The lawsuit says that doctors did not successfully identify that she was suffering from herpes simplex encephalitis. The condition is a rare form of brain inflammation related to the same virus that results in cold sores.
Legal documents say that the defending doctors failed the plaintiff by providing a delayed diagnosis. This delay led to the worsening of her injuries, the suit says. The woman further alleges that her treating physicians did not provide her with a level of treatment in accordance with acceptable standards.
The medical malpractice case, which was filed on May 1, is asking for an unspecified level of compensation for the woman's injuries. The classifications of damages she is claiming include pain and suffering, medical expenses, mental anguish and disability. She has also asked for lost wages, loss of life enjoyment and diminution of employability.
The cost of medical care has skyrocketed in the United States over the last 20 years. While our country is home to some of the most advanced medical facilities in the world, in many well-regarded medical establishments, doctor errors could lead to serious injuries and even death. The strength and viability of personal injury or wrongful death claims relating to doctor errors will depend on the unique facts surrounding the incident occurred. A thorough examination of medical records and witness and victim testimony will reveal the best strategies for pursuing such a claim in Arizona.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Doctors accused of medical malpractice in case of misdiagnosis of brain inflammation virus" Kyle Barnett, May. 28, 2014