My question involves malpractice in the state of: Alabama
In January 2016, my daughter asked her psychiatrist to order a brain mri, as she had suddenly experienced memory loss and a decline in cognition. She thought this was due to a head injury. After the mri, her doctor was vague about the results and refused to tell us what the test showed. We had the results sent to a neurologist, who ordered psych-neurological testing. The two doctors agreed that the symptoms were psychiatric in origin. The neurologist was no more specific than that. As my daughter was already under psychiatric treatment, he did not feel further testing was necessary.
Recently she had additional tests after a mri for back pain showed a spinal cord lesion. A new brain mri strongly suggested MS, with a feature called Dawson’s Fingers, suggesting damage from long-term inflammation. Yesterday, prior to her disability hearing for another condition, we were able to view the 2016 mri results for the first time. The summary said that “demyelinating diseases cannot be excluded” as the cause of visible brain lesions, and that a follow-up test could be performed. There were no Dawson’s Fingers at that time. My conclusion is that she had MS at the time; she was misdiagnosed (lesions and MS symptoms having been ignored); and permanent damage occurred in the meantime due to the lack of appropriate treatment that could have mitigated or prevented the inflammation. Is there anything we can do about the misdiagnosis and lack of additional testing or treatment?