Woman Hurt by Medical Mistake Shares How She is "Damaged for Life"

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 7-Nov-2017

The 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 procedures.

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.

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