Parents in Pennsylvania and across the country are often left to make difficult decisions involving the health of their children. For example, they must decide whether to subject their children to procedures that could be uncomfortable or painful or medications that could have dangerous side effects. Often, parents in these situations rely on doctors to provide them with the information that they need to make the necessary decisions. Unfortunately, the actions of one doctor, who now faces multiple allegations of medical malpractice, in another state may leave many parents wondering if they can really trust the information that doctors provide them.
The doctor worked as a pediatric neurologist. He now faces hundreds of lawsuits alleging that he knowingly misdiagnosed patients with epilepsy over a period of eight years. Some reports claim that he did so for financial gain because the diagnoses prompted patients to return for treatment and tests.
One of the man’s victims claims she was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 9 after being referred because of headaches. She claims the diagnosis came as a surprise because she had never suffered a seizure. She did not discover the incorrect diagnosis until the doctor left the practice, and she started seeing a different physician.
A jury recently awarded her $3 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Another patient was awarded $2.77 million, and there are over 250 lawsuits remaining. The doctor must surrender his medical license; however, there could still be others who may have suffered as a result of his alleged actions. Many patients, and their parents, are unsure how to respond when they suspect they have been the victim of medical negligence. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help those in Pennsylvania who have suffered similarly take appropriate legal action.