Davis & Davis, Attorneys at Law
Call for a free consultation
Local 713-364-0314713-364-0314 Toll Free 877-202-0835 877-202-0835

Lawsuit settled after HIV misdiagnosis by doctor

When a doctor fails to listen and to follow standard procedures, it can result in serious harm to a patient, or even loss of life. Readers in Houston, Texas, should be aware that cases of misdiagnosis may occur when a doctor fails to admit a patient for emergency treatment, fails to diagnose and treat a heart attack, stroke or other ailment in a timely fashion, or fails to consider or diagnose known or probable complications. Recently, a $20 million lawsuit involving a misdiagnosis of HIV settled after seven years in court.

The misdiagnosis occurred as a result of a physician failing to carefully review the patient's chart. The chart contained incorrect information, which indicated that the patient was HIV-positive, and the doctor counseled him to that effect. The patient became depressed, quit his job and began using drugs and alcohol. He was twice committed to psychiatric wards due to suicidal thoughts.

Although this happened somewhere else, a misdiagnosis can happen just as easily in Texas. They can cause substantial harm to patients and their families. When a person dies or is harmed as a result of a fatal misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis by a negligent physician, financial compensation for medical negligence is available under Texas law. Surviving patients or families of the deceased can pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against a physician or hospital to obtain compensation for damages sustained as a result of misdiagnosis, delayed treatment or other negligence in a patient's care and treatment.

To prevent future harm and loss of life to those in need of medical care, it is important that physicians are held accountable when they disregard a patient's symptoms or fail to make a proper diagnosis. Patients should also be aware of their rights to get more information from their doctor.

Source: The Washington Post, "Suit over wrong HIV diagnosis settled between ex-patient, Whitman-Walker," Keith L. Alexander, Aug. 10, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Davis & Davis for a Complimentary Consultation Davis & Davis proudly accepts referrals from Texas attorneys and law firms nationwide.

D&Ds Mobile Office

D&D's Mobile Office D&Ds Mobile Office

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Houston Office
440 Louisiana St.
Suite 1850
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-364-0314
Phone: 713-364-0314
Houston Law Office Map

Corpus Christi Office
802 N. Carancahua
Suite #1400
Corpus Christi, TX 78403

Phone: 713-364-0314
Phone: 361-884-7475
Map & Directions

Dallas Office
3001 Knox Street
Suite 405
Dallas, TX 75205

Phone: 713-364-0314
Phone: 214-326-0582
Map & Directions

San Antonio Office
126 Villitas St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: 713-364-0314
Phone: 210-224-0600
Map & Directions

McAllen Office
1111 W. Nolana
McAllen, TX 78504

Phone: 713-364-0314
Phone: 713-364-0314
Map & Directions