A timely diagnosis can be essential in treating Pennsylvania patients for treating serious injuries. A failure to diagnose an out-of-state patient's fracture might have led to further complications, continual pain and a less favorable outcome. In a medical malpractice suit filed against multiple defendants who oversaw his care, he alleges that he did not find out about the fracture until over a year had passed since he first sought treatment for significant pain.
The patient developed serious chest pain a mere two weeks after being treated for broken ribs from a serious fall. After two more weeks passed, the pain had progressed significantly, rendering him unable to walk or even change positions on his own. Additionally, breathing had become painful and difficult. After being transported to the hospital by ambulance in Dec. 2011, he reported this pain as well as a pulling sensation in his chest and ribs. He underwent several scans and X-rays, but the medical professionals who reviewed the scans allegedly missed a fracture in his spine.