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Obesity & Medical Malpractice

Obesity & Medical Malpractice

Although doctors and medical practitioners are supposed to deduce and evaluate medical conditions based upon your symptoms and complaints, it is an unfortunate truth that doctors often blame weight or obesity for ailments without digging deeper for causes. This mistreatment at the onset of your diagnosis and subsequent treatment is sometimes the least of your worries. Your concerns and situation may consist of misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment, and potentially being forced unknowingly into a dangerous situation. The worst of these may consist of medical malpractice, when a doctor, surgeon, or other medical practitioner puts you in such danger that you suffer from sever consequences or worse. Our team of Greenville medical malpractice lawyers at Christian & Christian can help you determine if you have a case, and if so, how we can help you seek compensation. We understand that you should receive the care needed, and aftercare required when healing, no matter what you weigh.

When Weight Is a Factor: Examples of Malpractice

In many malpractice cases, obesity is a common comorbidity with the health issue at hand. Unfortunately, whether out of lack of concern, being overworked, or overextended, complications of obesity can cause adverse medical events.

Examples of medical malpractice cases include:

  • Failure to transfer a morbidly obese patient to a facility prepared to diagnose and treat adequately may result in missed opportunity for diagnosis or diagnosing too late to treat.
  • Improper diagnosis, or unnecessary surgery performed due to inadequate diagnosis or lack of specific diagnostic procedure due to obesity.
  • Surgery complications due to surgery related to inadequate preparation and modification for a patient suffering from obesity.
  • Nerve damage due to positioning on a treatment table or hospital bed.
  • Post-operative complications.

When complications occur such as those in the above list, or others that could have been prevented, you may be entitled to compensation. Your doctor has the knowledge and ability to discuss it with you if he or she cannot diagnose you properly due to the facility lacking adequate equipment or specialized training required. You deserve honest, fair treatment and sufficient care.

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If you are suffering from pain, illness, or other issues related to possible medical malpractice, we want to hear your story. We understand that your original diagnosis may have been tainted by your doctor’s failure to see past the scale, or that you may have received lessened care because of weight. You deserve the same care as any other patient, and we will make it our mission to bring justice and compensation where it is due. Let our team of Greenville medical malpractice attorneys help you seek the settlement that you deserve, and hopefully find peace of mind from your unfortunate situation.

Contact our team to discuss your case. Call (864) 408-8890 today.


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