Recent reports have noted that medical malpractice is on the rise due to misdiagnosis and lack of diagnosis. One of the commonly misdiagnosed illnesses that are troubling parents is that of whooping cough. Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, cases have been increasing in past years but are often misdiagnosed by medical care providers. Washington resident, Rebekah Stutzman, took her 8-year-old daughter to several doctors before receiving the proper diagnosis and treatment for whooping cough. The first couple of physicians that Stutzman visited misdiagnosis her daughter with a sinus infection. The providers did not consider whooping cough as a possibility because her vaccinations were up to date that included the Pertussis vaccine. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have seen an increase in Pertussis diagnosis and believe it is under-diagnosed. The CDC is encouraging medical providers to evaluate all symptoms and stay up to date on all information related to illnesses and diseases, and how they are rising or decreasing in occurrence.
When a patient does not receive acceptable medical care, they may have grounds to file a medical malpractice case. All medical providers make mistakes, but when those mistakes lead to injuries, illnesses, and death, those providers should be held accountable for their negligence. Medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of economic support, and emotional damages are all examples of the damages a victim of medical malpractice may incur. If you believe you did not receive the medical care you deserve, contact a skilled St. Louis medical malpractice attorney for a consultation.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have over 100 years of combined legal experience. Our attorneys have handled several medical malpractice claims and will use their skill and expertise to recover the maximum compensation for your damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.