Lyme disease is a serious condition that is most commonly found in the northeast and Midwest; however, this is why it's almost more dangerous for individuals in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma—they don't expect to get it, and doctors don't see it in patients as often. Unfortunately, it is more than possible for individuals living in these states to get Lyme disease, and if a doctor acts negligently, it may go undiagnosed for too long. 

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that are transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. It is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the United States. Some typical symptoms of Lyme disease include:

  • A red, expanding rash that possibly begins to look like a "bull's-eye" as it grows
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Loss of muscle tones on one or both sides of the face
  • Shooting pains that may interfere with sleep 

These are not all of the symptoms, so if you suspect that you were bitten by a tick and may have contracted Lyme disease, it is vital that you make an appointment to see your doctor. 

If you see a doctor and they do not diagnose you correctly, it could have a horrible effect on your health. When left untreated, Lyme disease infection can spread to your joints, your heart, and the nervous system. The doctor will probably base his diagnosis on signs and symptoms, as well as your possible exposure to blacklegged ticks. They may use laboratory blood tests to support their diagnosis, but it's not always recommended if you are not showing any symptoms. 

Do you feel that your untreated Lyme disease was the result of your doctor's negligence? You may have a medical malpractice case on your hands. Contact Girards Law for a free consultation today by calling 888-897-2762