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Delayed treatment of gangrene causes spread and veteran’s death

| Jul 2, 2014 | Failure To Diagnose & Misdiagnosis

Regardless of a person’s age, whenever there is a medical issue in Boston, it’s a cause for concern. That concern is meant to be assuaged when a doctor says that it is nothing to worry about or diagnoses it as an issue that can be easily treated. There are, however, far too many instances in which a negligent physician will make a mistake. A failure to timely diagnose can lead to a worsened condition and possible death. Delayed treatment can mean the difference between living a normal life and ending up debilitated or in the grave.

A Marine veteran’s widow is revealing how the VA hospital made a mistake in her husband’s diagnosis, ultimately leading to his death. The man was suffering from Alzheimer’s and was pre-diabetic. When he began feeling dizzy, he went to the hospital. While there, his wife says he suffered a fall. He was given an x-ray to see if he had any broken bones. A discolored area on his leg was considered a bruise. The wife believed that it was more than a bruise. A week later, another doctor proved her right when gangrene was diagnosed. The wife wanted the hospital to amputate the leg to prevent the spread of gangrene. The doctors didn’t want to because of concerns about his Alzheimer’s resulting in more falls due to not realizing the leg was gone. Eventually, they agreed to amputate, but by then the gangrene had spread. The man soon died.

Doctors misdiagnosing a health problem happens all too frequently. Missing warning signs of any health problem takes valuable time away from the patient as he or she tries to recover. Families who have seen a loved one grow sicker or die due to delayed treatment might have been deprived of the family member as a companion, breadwinner or stay-at-home parent. When this type of incident happens, those who have been harmed have a right to seek compensation.

In this instance, the man was elderly and sick from Alzheimer’s, but his wife believes his demise was hastened by the doctors missing his gangrene. No matter a person’s age and condition, they deserve to be treated appropriately for their medical issues. With this type of mistake, the family that has suffered a loss due to delayed treatment should discuss the matter with an experienced legal professional.

Source:, “The VA did him in” Widow says Tuscon VA missed gangrene diagnosis,” Craig Smith, June 25, 2014


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