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I went to the emergency room with rectal bleeding, was admited,examined the next day by a colon specialist who diagnosed diverticular disease. Three hours later I was on the hospital floor having bled so severely I passed out. More tests revealed I had a bleeding ulcer. I spent 3 days in intensive care & received 7 pints of blood. I thought I was going to die & underwent severe mental & emotional distress,as did my family.Should the Dr. have been so confident in his initial diagnosis that he performed no further tests after the colon exam? Is he guilty of malpractice?



You need to talk to another doctor and ask him/her if the misdiagnosis was so bad as to constitute malpractice. However, you will have difficulty proving damages. You are only entitled to reimbursement for expenses/anguish you would not have incurred if the MD had diagnosed you correctly 3 hours earlier. My guess is that you would have experienced the same hemorrage & ICU visit & blood transfusions even if the diagnosis had come earlier. I doubt 3 hours was enough time to schedule & perform surgery to fix the ulcer and avoid the ICU.

This is not legal advice and you are not my client. Double check everything with your own attorney and your state's laws.

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