It is very important for medical professionals and hospitals to not act negligently when it comes to the examining, testing and diagnosing of patients. Such negligence can cause a great deal of harm to patients. For example, such negligence can result in delays in the detection and treatment of conditions patients have. Such delays can be very impactful on patients.
Thus, negligence related to the examining, testing or diagnosing of patients can be a very serious matter. No patient should have to be subjected to such medical negligence.
Recently, the New York Daily News reported on an alleged incident of the above-mentioned type of negligence. The matter involves a woman who received care from a hospital in New York.
Reportedly, in February 2010, the woman came to the hospital complaining of chest pain. While she was at the hospital, a chest X-ray was conducted on the woman.
Reportedly, this X-ray showed that the woman’s right lung contained a suspicious 2-centimeter nodule.
It has been alleged that the hospital and its staff failed to take proper actions in response to what the X-ray showed and failed to inform the woman of the nodule’s presence.
Allegedly, this alleged negligence resulted in no actions being taken in regards to the nodule until spring 2012. At that point, the nodule was over twice the size it had been in February 2010 and was now in the woman’s left lung as well as her right. The nodule was found to be cancerous. It is believed that the woman’s cancer is terminal.
It has been alleged that the woman may have been able to have been cured of the cancer had it been caught earlier than spring 2012.
Reportedly, the woman has begun the process of bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit in connection to the above allegations. One wonders what will ultimately happen in this matter.
Source: The New York Daily News, “Hospital’s mistake leaves single Brooklyn mom with 6 months to live,” Heidi Evans, Jan. 6, 2013