A Florida woman may be able to sue for medical negligence after doctors allegedly mistook her for a man with rectal cancer. The 68-year-old woman entered hospital for a routine colonoscopy and was fit and healthy at the time. However, she claims there was a mix up in the tissue taken from her during the routine procedure and the other patient’s tissue sample, which lead to the false cancer diagnosis. However, the woman states that she was in good health beforehand and further biopsies to determine where the cancer was situated came back negative. The woman requested further tests but doctors decided to move forward with the surgery.
After surgery, doctors contacted the patient to explain that DNA tests showed there was no cancer to begin with. The patient had half of her rectum removed as a result of the surgery but no documentation was provided to show how the mix up occurred. The woman has since filed a lawsuit and has demanded that records are provided to show what doctors did to determine she was cancer free and to show where the potential mistake occurred. Should the evidence suggest that medical negligence occurred, the woman could sue for medical negligence.
Types of medical negligence
In this case, the patient suffered a potential false cancer diagnosis which lead to unnecessary surgery as well as suffering and stress caused by the diagnosis. If doctors are found negligent, the woman may be able to win compensation for this suffering. Admin errors or patient mix-ups may lead to misdiagnosing a patient or treating a patient with the wrong medication. A patient’s illness may progress or a patient may experience complications if the illness if not initially diagnosed or treated correctly. If you have been a victim of medical negligence then you may be able to make a claim for compensation if you have been injured, suffered undue stress or your illness has worsened.
Claiming for medical negligence
You can contact our law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, if you wish to claim for compensation for medical negligence. Where there is evidence of negligence and you have suffered because a mistake has been made, you may be able to win a cash sum to help you with any attached financial costs. Our no win, no fee* policy will ensure you won’t suffer more difficulty if you wish to claim for the compensation you deserve. Contact us via our website or call our 24-hour helpline to speak with a member of our team regarding your case.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown