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Woman's files suit against doctors for delayed diagnosis

A medical malpractice suit was filed in civil court against two Ohio physicians for failure to diagnose a woman with osteosarcoma. Due to a delay in diagnosis, her suit claims the cancer spread to her lungs, reducing her chance of survival. The lawsuit asks for more than $25,000 to cover current and future medical costs. It also claims that the woman suffered pain and permanent injury due to the doctors' negligence.

According to the lawsuit, in December 2009, the plaintiff noticed pain and reduced mobility in her left knee, and she sought help at a sports clinic in Lima, Ohio. The physician ordered an x-ray and noticed an abnormality in her left knee. However, an MRI of the right knee was ordered. The MRI showed nothing, and the malpractice suit said the doctor treated her based on the benign results found on the wrong knee.

She later went to an orthopedic clinic, and another doctor saw an abnormality in the bony structure of her left knee on an x-ray. However, the doctor used information from the prior MRI on the right knee. Despite multiple visits, the woman's situation remained unchanged.

Finally, she visited a third doctor who referred her to an orthopedist specializing in tumors of the bone. After a seven-month delay, she received a diagnosis of osteosarcoma in the left leg, which by that time had already spread to her lungs. The lawsuit alleges that the woman's chances for survival were reduced from 70 percent to 30 percent.

In a similar situation, a delayed diagnosis could deprive a patient from seeking early treatment, which could cause that individual's condition to worsen. If that is the case, a patient could retain the services of an attorney to file a medical malpractice suit. An attorney may review the individual's records and, in some cases, seek the opinion of a medical expert to build a strong case.

Source: The Lima News , "Coldwater woman files medical malpractice lawsuit", Greg Sowinski, July 22, 2014

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