Holding Doctors Accountable for Failure to Diagnose
The hormones produced by the thyroid play a role in many bodily functions. If you have gone untreated for thyroid disease and your body was not getting the right amount of thyroid hormone for an extended period of time, you may be experiencing severe consequences.
At the law firm of Furr & Henshaw, our team includes some of the most experienced thyroid disease misdiagnosis attorneys in South Carolina. If your condition has gotten worse due to your doctor's failure to diagnose it, we may be able to help you get compensation.
Understanding the Consequences of Untreated Thyroid Disease
Thyroid disease is particularly common among postmenopausal women, but both men and women of all ages are susceptible to it. There are many causes of thyroid disease, and in many cases, the causes cannot be identified. There are two basic types of thyroid disease:
- Hypothyroidism: This is a condition where the thyroid does not produce enough hormones. It can generally be treated with hormone replacement, and if left untreated, it can cause serious lethargy, weight gain, depression, hair loss and goiters.
- Hyperthyroidism: This is a condition where the thyroid produces excessive amounts of hormones. It is often treated with anti-thyroid drugs and beta blockers. If left untreated, it can cause bulging of the eyes, weight loss, anxiety and hypoglycemia.
In both cases, we have given only some of the potential consequences of thyroid disease. Both of these diseases are often misdiagnosed — or patients are simply told that there is nothing physically wrong with them — before they are eventually correctly identified.
Contact Our Columbia and Myrtle Beach Medical Negligence Lawyers
If you have suffered serious harm due to a delayed diagnosis of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You will not pay any attorneys fees unless our firm helps you recover compensation.