Washington Post recently published an article that discusses how
medical mistakes can harm patients forever. In the article, a woman discusses how she uncovered
a medical mistake that permanently altered her life.
According to the woman, the results of a genetic test showed she had a
50 percent chance of breast cancer and an 80 percent chance of uterine
cancer. Her medical team recommended a double mastectomy and hysterectomy
to reduce her risk of developing either condition. The woman followed
their advice and underwent both operations, including reconstructive surgery
for the double masectomy. Months after the procedures, the woman read
through her genetic test results and noticed that they said “negative.”
Her medical team had misinterpreted the results of the test.
The woman has filed a lawsuit against the hospital and members of her medical
team. According to the lawsuit, the woman’s nurse practitioner misread
the results of the genetic test. After the genetic test was performed,
the nurse recommended the woman to two other doctors. The lawsuit claims
the specialists did not confirm the results of the genetic test, which
would have caught the nurse’s mistake and prevented the unnecessary
According to the woman, who is seeking $1.8 million in damages, she is
damaged for life and now suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
If patients survive a serious medical mistake, they and their families
could suffer physically, emotionally and financially. There are no “do-overs”
for medical mistakes like the one discussed in
The Washington Post article. The woman in this article mentioned that she desperately wanted
to go back and get a second opinion. Victims of medical mistakes are haunted
by these regrets for the rest of their lives.
Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
If you or a family member suffered permanent harm due to a medical mistake,
you should speak with an attorney immediately. You may be able to hold
the hospital and health care practitioners accountable for the mistake.
It may be possible to secure a settlement or verdict that could help pay
for medical bills, rehabilitation, home modifications, and pain and suffering. The
Washington DC medical malpractice attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can review the details of your case to help
you determine your eligibility for filing a lawsuit.