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Hospital accused of failure to diagnose and improper care

Patients in Illinois and elsewhere typically expect to receive a certain standard of care when forced to visit a medical facility. Those with serious medical issues rely on receiving proper diagnosis and treatment. Failure to diagnose and/or care for a patient's condition could be devastating, prompting many to seek out a second opinion should their health fail to improve.

A four-star veterans' hospital in another state has recently been placed under a spotlight in relation to multiple health care concerns. According to reports, numerous patients of this facility have been forced to wait months for referrals and, upon finally seeing a specialist, are found to be in poor health due to improper care and/or diagnosis. In some cases, the lesser standard of care provided to these patients has led to serious medical issues, such as paralysis.

Wrongful death: Woman files lawsuit after untimely death of son

Patients in Illinois and elsewhere who are admitted to the hospital typically have conditions that require constant monitoring. Certain conditions could lead an individual to have thoughts of harming his or herself, and supervision is often required to protect the safety of the patient. Unfortunately, these patients may sometimes be left alone for extended periods, and a lawsuit has recently been filed against a facility and a doctor after a woman claimed that negligence led to the wrongful death of her son.

The lawsuit asserts the man was admitted to the medical facility suffering from psychiatric issues, and he was reportedly having suicidal thoughts during this period. Upon seeing the patient, a doctor notified staff members that he was to be checked on frequently, in 15 minute intervals. However, his mother claims that he was left alone for an extended period, during time which he hanged himself and was pronounced dead.

Potential causes and signs of a serious brain injury

Certain injuries can create hardships in life that challenge a person's ability to perform everyday tasks. While many injuries can have such potentially devastating consequences, one of the most difficult to endure might be a brain injury. Individuals in Illinois and elsewhere may find it beneficial to know the potential causes and signs of brain injuries, as catching a similar condition in the early stages may help avoid unnecessary suffering.

While motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries are two common causes of such injuries, a person can also suffer a severe brain injury due to the negligence of a medical professional and/or facility. Negligence in the medical field, whether during a surgical procedure or labor, has been the cause of countless brain injuries throughout time. However, knowing the potential causes may only be half the battle, as similar injuries may also be difficult to detect, especially since some symptoms could take time to appear.

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.

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