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Suspicious affidavit led woman to file medical malpractice claim

Even with all of the medical advances of recent years, receiving a diagnosis of cancer can still incite panic and fear. Louisiana residents trust doctors and surgeons to make decisions that will provide them with the best options possible. However, what if the diagnosis was wrong, and a patient underwent life-altering surgery when it was not even needed? More than likely, that patient would at least consider filing a medical malpractice claim, but how would he or she know that the diagnosis was wrong if no one came forward?

An out-of-state woman alleges in her lawsuit that she received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. She underwent surgery to remove a portion of her pancreas, along with other organs. Even though she suffers from surgical complications and may require medication for the rest of her life, she was told that she was cancer free. Then something suspicious happened -- hospital personnel asked her to sign an affidavit attesting that her treatment was "wonderful" during her ordeal.

She discovered that someone had blown the whistle on the fact that a patient was misdiagnosed with cancer and underwent unnecessary surgery. She believed that she was the patient, and filed a lawsuit. She claims that the Kansas hospital took numerous steps to cover up what happened to her instead of coming forward and telling her that a mistake was made.

Unfortunately, the potential for misdiagnosis is higher than anyone would like to admit. When it happens, patients can suffer irreparable harm. Those in Louisiana who believe they suffered at the hands of doctors and surgeons who failed to correctly diagnose their condition may file medical malpractice claims if the evidence supports their contentions. It may be possible to receive restitution for the financial losses and other damages incurred because of such a potentially catastrophic mistake.

Source: kshb.com, "Lawsuit: KU Health System doctor misdiagnosed patient, removed parts of organs", Jessica McMaster, Aug. 11, 2017

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