A mistake made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) caused a health scare, and the misdiagnosis and slander attack has led to a medical malpractice claim against the CDC.
Andrew Speaker, an Atlanta lawyer, is suing the CDC in U.S. District Court in Atlanta for interference with existing and prospective contractual relationships, defamation and medical malpracticefor unspecified damages and attorney’s fees as a result of a misdiagnosis. According to details, the CDC announced that Speaker was carrying an untreatable strain of tuberculosis when he was carrying a simple strain of the same condition.
The Center for Disease Control is a government agency that should not make these kinds of mistakes. Our firm’s San Diego personal injury attorney know that everyone is not perfect; but when mistakes happen, people should act right away and hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Speaker travelled to Europe knowing he had tuberculosis, but doctors told him he was not a threat to anyone. Later at a news conference, the CDC announced that a patient had contracted a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. The CDC never told that to Speaker but released the details of Speaker’s medical history, his condition and his identity.
“They had no right to stand up and talk about my private medical information,” Speaker said. “It gave them an opportunity to create a big story they could use to get funding.”
Even government agencies make mistakes from time to time, but the misdiagnosis by the CDC caused the emotional trauma of having to attempt to explain to hundreds of people that he did not carry as dangerous of a disease as the CDC thought.
This is a different type of lawsuit, but our medical malpractice attorneys believe that the evidence will determine whether Speaker is entitled to a settlement because of the damage the pain and suffering it caused him. Creating news is never a good way to generate awareness about a potential disease.
Either way, hopefully the CDC has learned from its medical malpractice lawsuit, but we do urge any one who thinks they might have contracted tiberculosis to seek out medical treatment right away.
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