Proper diagnosis and treatment are vital for all patients

Last week, we discussed the case of the veteran who suffered from locked-in syndrome after doctors at a Veterans Affairs hospital failed to adequately treat the man's likelihood of having a second stroke after his first one. That tragic story brings up the point of doctors who don't diagnose conditions properly. 

After reading that man's story last week, it is easy to see why it is so important for doctors to make an accurate diagnosis quickly. Once that diagnosis is made, an adequate treatment plan has to be put into place. When either of those components doesn't work as it should, the patient may end up suffering from serious damage.

We want our readers to know that strokes aren't the only medication condition that can cause problems if they aren't properly diagnosed and treated. Heart attacks, appendicitis, pneumonia, cancer and infections can also cause serious issues if they aren't diagnosed and then treated according to the standards of medical care for those conditions.

The veteran's wife opted to seek compensation for the damage done to her husband. Ultimately, she was awarded $21 million to help care for him until he passes away. While that is likely to help her, that won't take away the pain she feels or he feels because of his injuries.

We want our readers to know that nobody has to sit back and deal with the effects of a misdiagnosis without taking action. When a doctor fails to properly diagnose or treat a medical condition, you have the right to pursue compensation to help you cover the cost of future care, as well as other damages.

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