Going to see a doctor can be stressful enough without worrying about how honest your doctor is with your diagnosis.  

Recently, a case out of Dearborn, Michigan was filed alleging that a doctor purposely misdiagnosed patients for financial gain.  Dr. Yasser Awaad is being sued for allegedly misdiagnosing numerous children with epilepsy for his own monetary gain.  The lawsuit was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court in Michigan on behalf of seven children who were improperly diagnosed with epilepsy.

Allegations suggest that Dr. Awaad prescribed medication for children that didn’t need it.  In one case involving a 9 year-old boy, the doctor prescribed very strong medication for the child after falsely diagnosing him with epilepsy at age three.  The medication caused the boy to suffer from extreme weakness and serious memory impairment.  In 2007, another doctor realized this boy in fact did not have epilepsy.  The parents were traumatized, having been told for years they shouldn’t have any more children for fear of continuing cases of epilepsy.

It is further alleged that in numerous cases Dr. Awaad would perform unnecessary surgical procedures during which he would implant devices into children’s brains that were supposed to limit or control epileptic seizures.

Oakwood Hospital, located in Detroit, Mi. has also been named in the lawsuit, which alleges the hospital failed to properly supervise Dr. Awaad, even after other doctors at the hospital had tried to expose the unlawful practices of Dr. Awaad.  Financial records from the hospital indicate that Dr. Awaad was paid over $600,000 in 2005 alone.  He moved to Saudi Arabia in 2007.

In other news, St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland recently informed 538 patients that they may have been unnecessarily given heart stents between 2007 and 2009 by Dr. Mark Midei, former chief of cardiology. After allegations of misconduct came to light regarding Dr. Midei, a federal investigation was opened and an independent cardiology group was hired to review all of Dr. Midei's surgeries performed at the hospital. The investigation is still on-going; the hospital is issuing letters to those patients that the independent cardiology team feels may have had unnecessary stent implant surgery and who may even be free of heart disease altogether. 

The best way to avoid becoming a victim of medical misdiagnosis in Kansas City is get a second opinion, or even a third opinion, especially if you have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness or are in a health situation wherein you are likely to rack up medical bills. It is also important to seek a second opinion when you are given a diagnosis that seems bizarre or if you are uncertain on how to proceed.Finally, if you are diagnosed with an ailment or disease by your primary physician, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion from a doctor who specializes in that field.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.