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After Being Misdiagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, One Woman Finds Out It Has Happened To Others

Being diagnosed with a chronic or serious illness such as cancer or multiple sclerosis can be devastating. The diagnosis alone can alter a patient’s life plans and cause the patient and their family suffering, grief, and stress. That is why medical malpractice law protects individuals from misdiagnoses from inattentive or fraudulent doctors, because even though it is undoubtedly a relief in some ways to find out you have been misdiagnosed, no one should have to go through that suffering unnecessarily.

What She Was Told About Her Diagnosis

One Jacksonville woman learned that lesson the hard way. She complained to a local hospital about lower back pain and headaches. A doctor named Sean Orr sent her to undergo several procedures and ran several tests. In the end, she was told that she had multiple sclerosis, a chronic illness of the nervous system that is unpredictable and can affect an individual’s ability to walk independently. She was told she had take expensive and potentially harmful medications, and to prepare for a life with a serious disease.

What She Wasn’t Told About the Doctor’s Past

What she was not told was that none of the tests she had undergone had revealed any signs pointing to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. What she was also not told was that Dr. Orr was the focus of a recent 2014 case where his hospital was slammed with a $2.5 million settlement in a lawsuit over misdiagnoses like these. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that the hospital inappropriately convinced the government to overpay them, using Dr. Orr’s misdiagnoses to exaggerate treatments. The hospital was also accused of covering up Dr. Orr’s actions, rather than disclosing them.

This was not the first time, however. In 2012, another civil whistleblower lawsuit accused Dr. Orr of more misdiagnoses, including multiple sclerosis and brain lesions. In addition to these abuses, Dr. Orr has been forbidden by law from treating women without someone else in the room, ever since his license was suspended for having sex with one of his patients. Further, Dr. Orr was fired from one hospital in 2011, for reasons still undisclosed.

What to Do About a Misdiagnosis

Fortunately, the Jacksonville woman misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis did what anyone with a questionable diagnosis should do: she got a second opinion. She was told that her aching pains were easily treatable, and was a result of aging, not multiple sclerosis. It was only then that she learned about Dr. Orr’s long history of misdiagnosis. Luckily, upon current information, she was not harmed by Dr. Orr’s improper diagnosis and treatment. However, she can still seek compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the improper diagnosis.

That’s why she’s filing a lawsuit against the hospital that should have told her about the doctor’s past. You deserve to be able to put your trust in your doctor and in your hospital. If you can’t trust them to do their job, trust Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorney Scott Newmark to fight back and get you the compensation you deserve.

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