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DC Failure to Diagnose: Lawsuit against GW Hospital

DC failure to diagnose is alleged in a lawsuit brought against GW hospital for a patient who is now permanently disabled.

DC failure to diagnose can occur when a medical professional fails to accurately or timely diagnose a patient’s illness.

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DC Failure to Diagnose in The GW Hatchet

According to The GW Hatchet, one medical malpractice lawsuit filed in DC Superior Court claims that doctors at GW Hospital failed to find and treat an abscess on one patient’s neck. The abscess subsequently compressed the patient’s spinal cord and rendered him paralyzed from the neck down just three days after he visited the hospital with complaints of neck pain- rated as a 10 out of 10. The patient said he was unable to move his head side to side. Doctors allegedly reassured the patient it was “safe for him to go home,” but just three days later the patient collapsed and was unable to move. He was taken by ambulance to MedStar Washington Hospital Centre where he underwent surgery. The patient has since regained use of his upper body but remains “permanently disabled, unable to work and will require attendant care for the rest of his life,” according to the lawsuit.

Medical Malpractice Litigation

If you or someone you love has experienced a DC failure to diagnose a condition timely or accurately,  leading to a catastrophic or permanent injury, our attorneys may be able to help. Our attorneys have a combined 30 years of trial experience in this field of the law, which allows us to take an informed and nuanced approach to every case. While compensation may be the furthest thing from your mind after experiencing a catastrophic injury, pursuing medical malpractice litigation can hold medical professional’s accountable and prevent similar mistakes from happening in the future.

For more information on your options after experiencing a DC failure to diagnose, contact our attorneys at (703) 291–6650.

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