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Woman files medical malpractice suit after suffering encephalitis

When North Carolina residents suffer a virus, they expect quick medical treatment. Viruses can spread quickly and cause serious medical conditions, including inflammation in the brain. That was what one woman experienced after a delayed diagnosis caused damage to her brain. She filed a medical malpractice claim against several doctors on May 1.

The doctors are accused of misdiagnosing the condition, delaying treatment, providing a substandard level of care and inadequately managing the woman's medical care. The woman is seeking an unknown amount of compensation for numerous damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and disability.

The Louisiana woman saw the doctors after suffering from a brain inflammation disease called herpes simplex encephalitis. She claims the doctors misdiagnosed her condition, which led to treatment delays. The delayed treatment allegedly caused the woman to suffer from a worsened medical condition.

There are some missing details here, such as how long it took the doctors to discover the encephalitis. It wasn't reported how the disease is normally diagnosed or what treatments were available for the woman's medical care.

Although doctors cannot possibly cure every medical condition, they do have a duty to provide patients with medical treatment that meets certain standards of care. A doctor's negligence can lead to serious injuries or cause a person's condition to become worse. In extreme cases, it can lead to death. Victims have the legal right to file a medical malpractice claim and attempt to recover compensation for damages, such as those listed in this woman's lawsuit.

Source: The Louisiana Record, "Doctors accused of medical malpractice in case of misdiagnosis of brain inflammation virus" Kyle Barnett, May. 28, 2014

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