Facebook post costs woman chance to pursue lawsuit

December 28, 2016

A Facebook post has cost a woman her chance at pursuing a civil lawsuit against doctors who misdiagnosed her Lyme disease as multiple sclerosis.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that Nancy Nicolaou failed to sue the doctors within the two-year statute of limitations.

The Legal Intelligencer reports that Nicolaou had argued she didn't know about her Lyme disease until she tested positive for it in 2010, nine years after she first developed symptoms. She argued the statute of limitations didn't start until her diagnosis.

But the court says that Nicolaou posted on Facebook that she'd been telling people for years she thought she had Lyme disease, undermining her argument.

Several dissenting judges wrote the decision should have been left to a jury.


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