Those seeking medical care in Florida should feel confident that they will receive a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment for their health concerns. Whether someone is seeking treatment at a clinic or hospital, the same level of care should be expected. Unfortunately, sometimes patients are not given proper consideration for their health concerns which can lead to misdiagnosis. Recently, a man in another state filed a lawsuit because he felt he was not diagnosed in a timely manner, leading him to suffer from permanent brain damage.
Medical malpractice can cause serious harm
In this case, the man sought care at an urgent care clinic because he was feeling weak and had a high fever. He arrived at the clinic late in the evening near closing time, a factor that the man believes may have contributed to his misdiagnosis. He was diagnosed with the flu, discharged and told to treat his symptoms with common flu remedies.
Sadly, the man’s condition got much worse, and he was taken to an emergency room. At the hospital, the man was diagnosed with acute meningitis which required providers to put him in a medically induced coma. He suffered from brain damage which is likely to worsen over time. This injury has greatly affected his quality of life and his ability to work.
Seeking compensation for malpractice injuries
Like the man in this case, victims of medical malpractice have the right to file a civil lawsuit against care providers or facilities when they are injured. A successful lawsuit may result in financial relief that can help victims pay their medical bills and improve their quality of life. Florida medical malpractice victims can seek advice from an experienced attorney to understand how to proceed with a case against those at fault.