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Wrongful death lawsuit claims doctors failed to diagnose tumor

There is no nightmare more terrifying for parents in New Jersey and across the country than to watch their child suffer from an illness that slowly causes him or her to deteriorate. Unfortunately, one set of out-of-state parents recently had to watch as their daughter suffered from an undiagnosed brain tumor. Despite her symptoms, a wrongful death lawsuit claims that doctors failed to conduct the tests that would have allowed earlier interventions.

The lawsuit claims that the 13-year-old first went to the doctor in Feb. 2016. She complained of headaches, and she was advised to return if the headaches persisted or she began vomiting. She returned to the doctor's office two more times in April with additional headaches, vomiting and tongue numbness. The doctor diagnosed her with migraines and gave her a prescription to treat it.

In May, she went to the emergency room. Although she became unresponsive and stopped breathing, doctors reportedly still failed to order a CT scan, with one doctor claiming that her lack of responsiveness may have a behavioral component. Several hours after she arrived at the emergency room, the teenager's pupils became different sizes, and a scan was finally ordered which revealed that she was suffering from a massive brain tumor. Although surgery was performed, doctors warned her family that the tumor may have caused severe brain damage. Doctors soon declared her brain dead, and she passed away days after the surgery after her family chose to remove life support.

Unfortunately, in the aftermath of a tragic loss, the parents of the young girl are left wondering if her life could have been saved had doctors taken immediate action when she initially exhibited symptoms. While they will never get their daughter back, a successfully presented wrongful death lawsuit could result in an award of damages that will help them with the medical bills and funeral expenses stemming from the delayed diagnosis. Many who have suffered due to do such negligence in New Jersey have taken similar action not only for the potential monetary award but also to ensure that future patients do not suffer similarly.

Source: concordmonitor.com, "Family of Molly Banzhoff sues Concord Hospital, alleging medical negligence", Ella Nilsen, Jan. 16, 2017

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