Untimely diagnosis causes pain and suffering for patient with brain-swelling virus

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A woman in Lousiana is suing Frank J. Rabito M.D., Terry G. Creel M.D. and Richard E. Deno M.D., for medical malpractice as they failed to diagnose and treat the plaintiff in a timely manner after she contracted herpes simplex encephalitis, which caused brain inflammation. The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of wages, diminution of employability, and loss of enjoyment of life, as she claims her condition was worsened due to delay in appropriate treatment. According to The Louisiana Record, “the defendant is accused of deviating from the acceptable standard of care, mismanaging the medical care of the plaintiff and failing to timely diagnose and treat the plaintiff’s condition.” This case brings light to the reality that an untimely diagnosis can mean serious implications for a patient and delivers a less-than-suitable standard of care, and therefore, it is considered medical malpractice.