Medical Malpractice Lawyer Baltimore MD
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that appears in adults. The sheaths that cover nerve fibers are attacked by the body itself, causing permanent damage to the nerves, causing the disruption of communication between the brain and the body.
Unfortunately, victims of MS often receive misdiagnosis when they seek out medical treatment for their symptoms. When MS goes undiagnosed and untreated, this often causes an acceleration of the condition. A misdiagnosis can also result in a patient being given medication for the incorrect diagnosis that they not only don’t need but can also be dangerous for them.
At Greenberg Law Offices, we have successfully helped many clients who have been misdiagnosed or not diagnosed with a medical condition obtain the financial compensation they deserve because of a preventable medical error on the part of the doctor or medical personnel treating them. If you or a loved one have received a delayed diagnosis of MS, contact a medical malpractice lawyer from our Baltimore MD law firm to find out how we can help. In the meantime, the following is a brief overview.
Delayed (or Missed) MS Diagnosis
There is no cure for MS, but multiple studies have shown that the sooner treatment begins for a patient, the better the chances are to minimize the condition and could even delay permanent disabilities that are associated with MS. Tragically, approximately 40 percent of individuals who seek out medical help at emergency rooms because they are suffering from symptoms will not be diagnosed with MS right away. Almost 20 percent of these patients will not be diagnosed with MS for a year or more. And while the patient worries and waits for medical professionals to diagnose what is wrong with them, the disease progresses, sometimes very quickly.
This delay can result in aggressive progression of the disease, leaving the patient with serious and permanent disabilities. A medical malpractice lawyer can assist victims in pursuing a malpractice claim against those who failed to determine that the victim was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Wrong MS Diagnosis
Some patients who present with symptoms similar to MS could be incorrectly diagnosed with the condition and that can be just as dangerous as a delayed diagnosis is for a patient who actually has the disease. This could result in the patient being prescribed medications which are meant to delay the symptoms and progression of MS, but actually cause medical injury and other complications to the patient because they do not have the condition. There are a variety of medications that are used for MS treatment that have serious side effects, including changes in heart rate, chest pains, bladder infections, nausea, and hair loss. Rare but possible side effects also include brain infections and leukemia.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Assistance
If you have been suffered a delayed or incorrect diagnosis of MS or any other condition, contact a medical malpractice lawyer Baltimore MD clients recommend from Greenberg Law Offices today to find out what your legal options may be. Call our office today to set up a free and confidential consultation today.