Diagnosing and Treating Multiple Sclerosis: Liability Considerations

Introduction

Multiple Sclerosis Liability Risks
Multiple sclerosis affects about 2.5 million people worldwide. About 400,000 of those suffering from multiple sclerosis live in the United States, where about 200 new cases of MS are diagnosed each week.

The causes of multiple sclerosis are not known, and no cure is currently available. What is known is the high cost that caring for a person with multiple sclerosis involves.

Because multiple sclerosis can be hard to diagnose, misdiagnosis may result, which can lead to litigation. Also, issues related to the treatment of MS, including drug-related issues, also may result in litigation.

Attorneys, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, manufacturers, and others who may be parties in litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that may arise in connection with the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis.