Can a Flu Misdiagnosis Be Fatal?

Posted on March 26, 2018 at 12:00pm by
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The US is in the middle of one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. Thousands of people across the US have been hospitalized for an aggressive strain of influenza. In fact, at no point in the last eight years have so many people been hospitalized for the flu.

This flu season has also put an enormous strain on hospitals across the country. There are cases of medical providers diagnosing patients with the flu when they are suffering from more serious conditions. In California, a 12-year-old girl died after she developed a bacterial infection that was mistaken for the flu.

According to the girl’s parents, she was initially taken to an urgent care clinic after suddenly falling ill in mid-December. She received a flu diagnosis and was brought home. Four days later, the girl was brought back to the clinic by her parents because she was having trouble breathing. After arriving at the clinic for a second time, she suffered septic shock and she passed away.

Was My Flu Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice?

Diagnostic errors involving the flu can be fatal. Many health conditions have “flu-like” symptoms, so it is important for medical practitioners to perform tests that are necessary for an accurate diagnosis.

We recently published a blog on how you could die if you received an incorrect diagnosis while suffering from bacterial meningitis. This is an example of a health condition that may have early symptoms similar to the flu. In this case, there are tests that could lead to an accurate diagnosis.

It is imperative that medical providers give patients with flu-like symptoms the accepted standard of care. However, when this standard is not met, it may be possible for injured patients or their grieving family members to file medical malpractice lawsuits.

Were you or a loved one harmed by a diagnostic error? We encourage you to speak with one of the Atlantic City medical malpractice lawyers at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. to determine whether you have options to seek compensation.



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