Medical malpractice suit filed for missed diagnosis after patient loses leg

A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against Orthopedics Northeast by an Indiana woman, Jeanette Presley, claiming that a misdiagnosis of her condition caused her to lose her leg. In her suit, Presley claims that Orthopedics Northeast failed to perform tests which would have confirmed the loss of blood flow to her foot, failed to recognize the lack of pulse in her foot and failed to provide a timely referral to a vascular surgeon or cardiologist.

The Journal Gazette reports that Jeanette Presley presented to Orthopedics Northeast three times in March 2006 with a problem in her leg. According to court documents, the staff did not diagnose Jeanette with a vascular problem but instead injected her knee.

In April of 2006, Jeanette Presley was admitted to the hospital because of loss of blood flower to her right foot and because of a large blood clot in an artery. Doctors had to amputate Jeanette Presley’s leg above the knee on April 14, 2006.

According to The Journal Gazette, Indiana’s Medical Review Panel found that Orthopedics Northeast “failed to comply with appropriate standards of care.”

Medical malpractice occurs when a professional fails to meet the standards of care in his/her profession causing an injury or loss to a patient. Failure to diagnose or missing a diagnosis is a common form of medical malpractice.

Diagnosis of blood clots in the legs in extremely important, especially in the case of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Patients who present with swelling, calf pain or redness in one leg should be checked out for DVT.

If you or a loved one is the victim of a negligent health care provider, you should contact a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury law firm. At The Farber Law Firm, we have more than 30 years experience representing victims of medical malpractice and their family.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.