New York residents may be interested in learning about cerebrospinal fluid leaks and how this condition may be misdiagnosed. One woman was in an automobile accident in 2013. She remembers hitting her head during the accident, and soon after, she noticed that her nose was constantly running.
The woman frequently used tissue to wipe her runny nose. For years, she had the custom of walking around with tissue in her pocket. The runny nose affected her sleep, and she was constantly sneezing, sniffling and coughing. She also had a persistent headache.
The woman eventually looked for medical help. She laid out her symptoms for her doctors and explained that the symptoms began shortly after her 2013 car accident. The doctors would listen to her symptoms and in the end conclude that she was dealing with run-of-the-mill allergies.
However, the woman knew there was more to her symptoms than just allergies. After visiting a specialist, the woman was told that she had a cerebrospinal fluid leak. In other words, she was leaking brain fluid because of a hole in her skull. This situation had gone on for three years and led to her losing approximately half a pint of brain fluid every day.
Because the woman’s condition was not properly diagnosed, she continued to deal with it for three years. It could have led to serious and permanent health conditions, including changes in vision, serious infections and hearing loss.
If a doctor’s failure to diagnose their patient’s condition results in delayed treatment, a worsened condition, a spread of the disease or a physician’s negligence, the patient may be entitled to financial compensation. A personal injury attorney specializing in medical malpractice may review the available evidence to determine if their client might be able to receive financial compensation.