Hillsborough, NC asked in Medical Malpractice for North Carolina

Q: Should I pursue legal action for misdiagnosis, resulting in unnecess P&S, extended treatment period, scarring, expense?

I was misdiagnosed in JAN 2016 w/Poison Ivy by a PA at a local Derm clinic. It was my first visit to a dermatologist I had an itchy patch on my hands and wrists. I argued that it wasn't like any Poison Ivy I'd ever had and it was JANUARY. The PA insisted it was poison ivy and prescribed a cortisone cream. ($75) I filled the prescription and followed directions for 3 weeks. The condition got worse rapidly and was encouraged by a dermatology nurse to go to a particular clinic. I made an appt at a renowned Derm clinic in for Apr. I was immediately diagnosed w/Lichen Planus, rather common (1 in 200 indivduals, world-wide) and very treatable if caught early, which is normal because of severe itching,w/ oral and topical steroids. But my case was "severe" - now all over my body. I have been in treatment, on oral and topical steroids daily since April (3 months). It is getting better slowly, but my doctor has indicated that it could take a year or more to eradicate the disease.

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: Possibly--it's not that you don't have a case, just that the amount that would be recovered from the case is less than the costs associated with bringing it. What makes most sense is to discuss it with a local member of the NC Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consultations. Do not discuss your feelings on any website, social media. It will complicate your care, and if there is a case may cause problems. Sorry, I'm sure you want to vent but vent in private.

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