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Failure to diagnose acute leukemia leads to paralysis for girl

A delayed or incorrect diagnosis can be devastating in various ways, and subsequent treatment based on either could do more harm than good. Patients in Illinois and elsewhere often rely on medical professionals to be capable of identifying and treating a condition, and failure to diagnose a condition can cause patients to suffer serious harm, or worse. A young girl in another state was recently awarded a $1.9 million judgment following a recent lawsuit under similar circumstances.

Her family asserts that she was experiencing issues with her stomach and was taken to a local clinic before eventually seeing her pediatrician. According to reports, in both instances, she was diagnosed with severe constipation. Unfortunately, the prescribed treatments apparently caused the condition to worsen. After four days, she was eventually diagnosed with acute leukemia at another facility.

Woman suffers brain injury following surgery to remove a tumor

Countless individuals have undergone a surgical procedure at some point in their lives. While many of these might involve little to no risk, operations that occur near the brain are serious and require the utmost diligence. Any form of negligence throughout this process can lead to a brain injury, many of which result in long-term or permanent pain and suffering for a patient in Illinois.

A woman in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against a medical facility in relation to a recent surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor in the lining of her brain. A doctor recommended a procedure to remove the tumor, along with part of her skull in the process. After the operation, the area of her skull was covered with titanium mesh and screws. A few weeks later, she began to experience drainage around the site of the operation, which apparently led to an infection.

Hospital accused of wrongful death re overdose on pain medication

The untimely loss of a loved one can be extremely difficult to overcome, especially when it is the result of the negligence of another party. Patients in Illinois and elsewhere who are forced to visit a hospital expect medical professionals to be able to provide an adequate level of care, which unfortunately isn't always what they receive. A family in another state has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a medical facility concerning the death of a 35-year-old woman.

The woman was reportedly taken to a hospital suffering from lower back pain. According to the lawsuit, she was given Dilaudid for pain, to which she apparently had an adverse reaction. After the pain continued, she was given morphine and eventually another dose of Dilaudid, which her husband claims depressed her respiration, causing her to code.

Disabled man's brother accuses hospital of wrongful death

Certain individuals in Illinois and other states have serious medical conditions that restrict their ability to make decisions for themselves. Many of them have caregivers that are responsible for important decisions, but these individuals may not be around at all times. In the event that a disabled person is severely injured in a hospital, there may not be time to wait before administering treatment. A man has passed away after a similar incident, leading his brother to accuse the hospital of wrongful death.

According to reports, the man suffered from numerous medical conditions and was prone to accidents. After falling at a hospital and hitting his head, he was lifted onto a bed and allegedly left alone for up to 20 hours. He was apparently unable to move his arms or legs during this time, and ultimately passed away. A doctor at the county medical examiner's office listed the cause of death as complications from a broken neck.

Failure to diagnose rare infection leads to suffering and death

When a patient is forced to visit multiple medical facilities in search of an answer to his or her pain, the result can be devastating. Failure to diagnose and treat a serious health condition in a timely manner can cause a patient in Illinois to experience intense pain and suffering, and in some cases, may lead to his or her untimely death. A man in a neighboring state recently passed away after certain facilities allegedly failed to discover and treat a rare infection.

According to reports, the man first visited a medical center with numerous symptoms, including a high fever and body aches. He was apparently given flu medication and sent home. After a few days, he was taken to a hospital with the same symptoms, along with intense pain within his right leg. Once again, the man was sent home after scheduling an ultra-sound for the following day.

Failure to diagnose a medical condition can cause serious harm

Patients with a serious medical condition who visit a hospital generally expect to receive a certain quality of care and treatment. Concerning the treatment of these conditions, the first step is often obtaining the correct diagnosis. A condition must be identified in order for the appropriate treatment to begin, and failure to diagnose, or correctly diagnose, the condition of a patient in Illinois can be detrimental to his or her overall health.

According to a recent study performed by some of the country's leading specialists, getting a second opinion for serious health conditions may be advisable. With a vast number of conditions, and a significantly fewer amount of symptoms with which to identify a condition, the potential for error may be present. The study suggests that around 66 percent of patients involved had received a diagnosis that was somewhat similar to the correct one, while around 21 percent were apparently given the wrong diagnosis altogether.

Family claims wrongful death after man dies from blood clot

When a person is forced to undergo surgery, there are often various risks involved during and after the process. Patients in Illinois expect medical professionals to advise them of any possible risks, and to provide them with adequate treatment to avoid any health complications. Unfortunately, some individuals do not receive the information and/or care required, which has led to the wrongful death of many people over the years.

An award-winning journalist in another state has recently died following a medical procedure. His family is pursuing a lawsuit against a medical facility and a surgeon, alleging that his death was preventable. The man died at home several weeks after undergoing surgery for a left knee quadriceps rupture. The cause of death listed was a blood clot that found its way to his lung.

Man suffers brain injury following failure to diagnose blockage

When a person visits a medical facility for diagnosis and treatment, timing is usually of the essence. Patients in Illinois expect medical professionals to properly evaluate and treat any possible health conditions. Failure to diagnose a condition can delay treatment required, which can in some cases lead to permanent damage to the health of a patient that may have otherwise been avoided. A music shop owner in another state claims he suffered similar harm as the result of the negligence of a radiologist.

The man was taken to the hospital after he started showing signs of slurred speech and a facial droop. After an MRI and a magnetic resonance angiography were performed, a radiologist advised that no abnormalities were present. After several hours he was taken to another hospital, and a neurologist evaluated the previous scan and advised that a blockage was present, which may have caused a loss of blood to the brain.

Man suffers severe brain injury during surgery in Illinois

Many individuals are forced to undergo major health procedures every day. These tasks are performed by surgeons who undergo years of extensive training and preparation. In many surgeries, there is little to no room for error, and negligence of any form can cause a patient to suffer permanent damage, such as a brain injury. Patients in Illinois expect a surgeon to be capable of properly performing their procedures and ensuring no long-term injuries occur as a result.

Recently in another state, a man was scheduled to undergo heart valve replacement surgery. During the procedure, air bubbles entered his arteries and traveled to his brain, resulting in serious brain damage. A lawsuit was filed alleging medical malpractice, claiming that the facility failed to provide a capable surgeon for the procedure.

Dosage based on outdated information leads to wrongful death

Patients visit hospitals on a daily basis with common symptoms such as fever and aching. While these can often be non life-threatening, failure to properly address and treat a medical condition can have catastrophic results. Any form of neglect in the treatment of a patient in Illinois, no matter the severity, can do serious harm to his or her health, or worse. A man in another state is accusing a facility of medical malpractice resulting in the wrongful death of his wife.

The patient visited an emergency room with the aforementioned symptoms, along with lightheadedness. After evaluation, doctors began to administer dosages of Heparin via injection, scheduled for every eight hours. However, the next day the patient was found to be unresponsive. Subsequent testing revealed that she had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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