Our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers can review your medical file to determine whether a doctor’s failure to diagnose (or misdiagnosis of) Lyme disease was medical malpractice. Jim McEldrew is a Past President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and has been handling cases of medical malpractice for over thirty years.
We understand the serious consequences of delayed diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Contact us for a free review your medical file for an evaluation of a potential medical malpractice lawsuit against your treating doctor or hospital.
About Lyme Disease
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease. It is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete (type of bacteria) carried by backlogged and deer ticks. When an infected tick bites a human, the bacteria will travel into the bloodstream if untreated. Ticks are born without the bacteria, but frequently pick it up from the host they attach themselves to after birth.
Incidents in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has one of the highest incidences of Lyme disease in the nation. In 2014, PA ranked first with 20,951 cases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been confirmed in all 67 counties in PA. Berks County, for example had 37 percent of the 81 ticks collected there in a statewide sampling by the Department of Environmental Protection test positive for Lyme disease.
There are a variety of symptoms from Lyme disease, including a flu-like illness with fever, fatigue, muscle aches and joint pain. Many individuals notice the characteristic bull’s eye rash, which develops in about 70-80 percent of cases. Later, in the second stage of the disease, neurological symptoms may develop such as Bell’s palsy (facial paralysis), memory problems and never damage
The CDC recommends a two step testing process of a patient’s blood for evidence of antibodies against Lyme disease. The same sample of blood is tested with an enzyme immunoassay and an immunoblot (“Western blot”) test. If both are positive, then Lyme disease is the diagnosis. The use of only the Western blot test may lead to false positives.
Misdiagnosis of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics such as doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. If it is caught early, many individuals are able to fully recover. Doctors may misdiagnose the symptoms of Lyme disease as a number of other illnesses. Among the most common are Mononucleosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Depression.
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Because the misdiagnosis of Lyme disease, or more simply the failure to diagnose it, can result in chronic pain, neurological damage and render an individual permanently disabled, a physician’s mistake can be serious.
Medical malpractice claims in Pennsylvania require a certificate of merit from a medical professional stating that the doctor’s actions fell below the acceptable standard of care in order for the lawsuit to proceed. We will work with medical experts to determine whether your doctor violated the appropriate care standard for the diagnosis of a patient with your symptoms.
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About McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt
Our trial attorneys are ready to litigate on your behalf. They have handled thousands of oral arguments, mediations, arbitrations and jury trials. James J. McEldrew, III is a Past President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He has an extensive set of contacts with local and national physicians in order to have your medical file expertly reviewed to determine whether there has been a case of medical malpractice.
Against Big Business
Our lawyers have sued some of the largest health care companies, insurance companies, local hospitals and other corporations both in the local area and nationally. We may be a small team but we carefully select cases so that we have the resources to litigate them properly and we are not allocating our time to a case that we don’t think we have a shot of winning.
For Individuals & Families
We represent our personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that there is no upfront cost to hire us and you owe nothing to us unless we receive a recovery for you. We know that litigation is expensive and our clients generally don’t have the money to front the cost to take a case to trial. Our personal injury practice consists largely of the representation of individuals and families in the five counties that make up the Philadelphia area, including Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties.