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Patient undergoes 74 treatments after condition was misdiagnosed

A landscaper was told that he had a condition known as myasthenia gravis. Due to this diagnosis he then underwent chest surgery to have his thymus removed. He was given medication and underwent blood treatments. As a result he gained 80 pounds and now suffers from hypertension. It was later discovered that the landscaper never had myasthenia gravis to begin with.

Myasthenia gravis is considered a fatal condition and it is quite understandable why the patient would agree to undergone surgery following such a diagnosis. The doctor who had made this diagnosis had told the patient he could be "crippled and possibly die a lot quicker" if treatment was not provided. As stated, the diagnosis was incorrect and thus, the patient filed a medical malpractice lawsuit resulting in a verdict for the patient in the amount of $4 million.

The patient had been suffering from various balance issues that were apparently causing him to fall. And though he underwent 74 separate treatment sessions, the problems with his falling continued. After four years of such treatments a second opinion revealed that he suffered from cataplexy rather than myasthenia gravis. His cataplexy apparently could have been easily managed with medication.

Attorneys that handle such matters understand how medical misdiagnosis can sometimes result in harmful and irreversible injury. These cases are challenging because it often involves taking on doctors and hospitals, but the verdicts are also often high seeing the kind of injury that can result.

Medical malpractice matters often involve patients receiving treatment that is ultimately harmful. In some circumstances the treatment is worse than the syndrome it was designed to treat. And in circumstances like the one mentioned above, the treatment was not necessary whatsoever.

Source: New York Daily News, "Landscaper awarded $4M in medical misdiagnosis case," Dareh Gregorian, April 14, 2014

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