Alleged Misdiagnosis of Genetic Disorder Affects Family in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit by lawfirmnewswire


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                                   Alleged Misdiagnosis of Genetic Disorder Affects Family in
                                   Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
                                   Manchester, NH (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2011 - Medical malpractice has been responsible for some
                                   real ghastly errors. This one involves alleged misdiagnosis and a rampant infection.

                                   “You have to shake your head in despair when you read about cases like this one,” said Manchester personal
                                   injury lawyer Charlie Donahue. “What on earth were the doctors in this situation thinking? And was the diagnosis
                                   an error?”

                                   This reported case deals with a medical malpractice lawsuit where two physicians are blamed for misdiagnosing
                                   a young boy with an ankle injury. It sounds like it would be a straightforward diagnosis, but this injury turned into
                                   a raging infection, and the boy lost both feet, his right hand and three fingers on his left hand. “Talk about a life
                                   altering event for this young boy and his family,” Donahue commented. The boy has extreme difficulty getting
                                   dressed in the morning and needs to be in a climate-controlled area at school.

                                   “What happened that an ankle injury turned into amputating both feet, a hand and three fingers?” asked
                                   Donahue. “The trial documents show that when the boy was nine years old, he was playing soccer and got
                                   nailed in a scrimmage by a random, but hard kick on the ankle. That kick triggered a bacterial infection that
                                   spread throughout his body.”

                                   His family chose to file a personal injury suit, mainly because they were hoping to obtain enough money to
                                   ensure their son would get the proper care that he would need for the rest of his life. At trial, the plaintiff
                                   suggested the doctors should have spotted the signs of infection when the boy was kicked. The defense
                                   countered that the two doctors named in the lawsuit made the best diagnosis they could at that time based on
                                   what information they had available to them.

                                   “As it turns out, the boy had an existing genetic disorder, and that it exacerbated the infection,” Donahue
                                   remarked. “The disorder was not pin-pointed until after the amputations. And the end result in this case? Neither
                                   of the two doctors was found to be negligent. There is a great deal of value in this case as a lesson to all those
                                   who sue for medical malpractice and even for lawyers – sometimes things are not what they seem to be on the

                                   To learn more about New Hampshire personal injury attorney, Charlie Donahue,

                                   Donahue Law Firm
                                   143 West St.
                                   Keene, NH 03431
                                   Call: (603) 357-2363
                                   Toll Free: (800) 498-4554

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