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Failure To Diagnose Scoliosis Delays Bracing In Children

Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal condition which involves curvature of the spine. Signs and symptoms of scoliosis in children include a spine that appears crooked, poor body posture, uneven shoulders, uneven hips, uneven legs and back pain. In extreme cases, scoliosis may also make it difficult for a child to breathe.

If diagnosed early, scoliosis is often treated by wearing a back brace. However, where a pediatrician fails to diagnose scoliosis, or misdiagnoses scoliosis symptoms as growing pains, more aggressive medical care may be necessary to correct the curvature, such as back surgery. Sometimes, the spinal curvature cannot be corrected.

According to a recent study of nearly three hundred children diagnosed with scoliosis, bracing was effective. In fact, the three year success rate for bracing was 80%, as compared to 46% for observation and 39% for electrical stimulation. Available data supports the conclusion that timely diagnosis results in a better outcome.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice cases, including those concerning failure to diagnose scoliosis. If you and/or your child have been diagnose with advance scoliosis, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice lawyer, contact Bottar Law, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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