Misdiagnosis

Posted by in Medical Malpractice on Mar 15, 2016

Amber Taylor, a former patient of Dr. Sean Orr, a team doctor for the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, was diagnosed by Orr as having multiple sclerosis, a condition that can destroy the central nervous system, intercept signals from the brain to the body, and in worst cases, cause paralysis.

Taylor said Orr put her on injections that were worth $5,000 per month called Copaxone, which left stinging welts all over her body and made her lose her breath, caused her throat to tighten, and burned her throat.

United States attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Lee Bentley, said Orr was a conman who “was able to convince patients who trusted him that they had [multiple sclerosis] and other debilitating neurological diseases and disorders”, with 65% misdiagnoses of MS and an error rate of 90% of other neurological disorders that Bentley deemed “was not simple error” but was the work of “a conman…he relied upon his charisma to close the deal”.

Bentley said “at this point the federal government cannot do anything else with respect to his license” other than banning him from Medicare and other government-mandate health programs.

Orr, however, defended his actions, saying he “sought to be proactive and use neurological innovations where they were safe and available” and that “not all physicians agreed with my treatment or methodologies”.

Jacksonville-based Baptist Health System, the hospital where Orr had been working at the time of the complaints, said it had conducted reviews into Orr’s records as soon as Orr’s peers started raising questions about his methodologies.

Orr is still battling different lawsuits from individual patients.

The website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, & Overbeck, P.A. says that a lot of medical malpractice lawsuits are caused by misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a disease, disorder, or injury.

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