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Wrongful death: Unnecessary operation proves fatal

There are a variety of ways in which diagnostic errors could lead to an improper path of treatment. Should a misdiagnosis leave a patient in Illinois scheduled to undergo an unnecessary surgical procedure, the impact the operation could have on his or her life could prove disastrous. A family has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming that errors during an unnecessary operation led the apparent wrongful death of a loved one.

According to reports, the lawsuit stems from an incident in which a 74-year-old woman was scheduled to undergo an adrenalectomy. The lawsuit states that a doctor scheduled the operation after concluding that a mass on her adrenal gland indicated the presence of cancer. During an operation to remove her adrenal gland and kidney, errors were made that caused her to begin losing blood rapidly.

Family files wrongful death claim against hospital

The untimely loss of a loved one can be a difficult thing to accept, especially when this loss is sudden and unexpected. The process could prove even more harrowing should a family in Illinois experience a similar circumstance due to the negligent actions of another party. A family in another state has recently filed a wrongful death claim against a hospital after claiming that negligent treatment led to the untimely passing of a 23-year-old woman and her newborn child.

According to reports, the woman first visited the facility while pregnant after experiencing symptoms of swelling and high blood pressure. After staying at the facility overnight, she was given a prescription for medication and released with instructions to keep a watch on her blood pressure. She visited the facility two days later after her condition had failed to improve and was released again without receiving further treatment.

Failure to diagnose tumor leads to cancer diagnosis

Diagnostic errors continue to be a major concern for many individuals in Illinois and elsewhere. A failure to diagnose a condition can create a variety of potential health hazards for patients and in some cases, such negligence could lead to serious or even life-altering injuries. A family in another state was recently awarded $8.5 million in a medical malpractice claim after doctors failed to identify signs of a possible tumor in a man's bladder.

According to reports, the incident began when the man visited a medical facility after experiencing urinary issues and pain in the abdomen. The lawsuit states that the results of a scan identified ureteral stones and the possible presence of a tumor. However, doctors failed to inform the man of any potential concerns and he says he was not informed that any follow-up treatment would be necessary.

Failure to diagnose heart condition leads to delay in care

When a trip to a medical facility fails to result in an accurate or complete diagnosis, the condition of a patient in Illinois may be left untreated for extended periods. Even if the condition is properly diagnosed in the future, the results of a delay in treatment could have a significant impact on one's health. An appeals court in another state has recently affirmed the initial ruling of a lower court during the appeal of a medical malpractice claim in which a failure to diagnose a heart condition left a man with serious injuries.

The incident reportedly began when the man visited a medical facility to undergo a stress echocardiogram. The test was initiated due to the presence of a history of coronary artery disease within his family, and he claims that he was told that the results of the test were normal. However, he was admitted into the hospital with shortness of breath nearly one year later and asserts that he was diagnosed with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.

Wrongful death: Neil Armstrong's family awarded $6 million

Even in the presence of a major illness, families in Illinois and elsewhere may find that dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one can be a stressful and harrowing experience. When this comes as the result of another party's negligent actions, the loss could prove all the more difficult to accept. It only recently became public knowledge that Neil Armstrong's family was awarded a substantial settlement after filing a wrongful death claim following the untimely passing of the first man on the moon.

According to reports, the incident began when the astronaut was scheduled to undergo cardiac bypass surgery. He reportedly passed away shortly thereafter due to complications from the operation. While previously, no information was provided as to the nature of the complications involved, recent reports indicate that an error in judgment was the primary contributing factor to his death.

Negligent care leaves child with permanent brain injury

Any form of negligence that is present during the birth of a child could leave that child with serious or even life-altering injuries. Kids in Illinois who suffer a brain injury at birth due to the negligent actions of a medical professional may face a variety of challenges throughout the remainder of life. A woman and her daughter were recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment in a medical malpractice claim after the actions of her doctors left the child with permanent brain damage.

According to reports, the incident began after the woman visited the medical facility after experiencing symptoms of a condition known as preeclampsia. Although she was only 25 weeks pregnant at the time, the lawsuit states that her condition should have prompted the performance of an emergency cesarean section. However, according to the lawsuit, she decided to forgo the operation after her doctors informed her of the risk it would pose to the baby's health.

Misdiagnosis of epilepsy leads to improper path of care

Errors during the diagnosis of a medical condition could lead to improper paths of treatment that can have a detrimental impact on a person's health. In some cases, patients in Illinois who are the subject of a misdiagnosis may feel forced to follow the prescribed path of treatment for months, or even years. A woman in another state was recently awarded $3 million in a medical malpractice claim after a doctor wrongfully diagnosed her with epilepsy.

According to the lawsuit, the woman first visited the doctor at the age of nine. While under the doctor's care, she was set to undergo tests to measure brain waves and detect the possible presence of abnormalities. The results of these tests reportedly led the doctor to diagnose her with epilepsy, and she says she continued taking medication for her condition for up to four years until another doctor reviewed the tests and indicated that the results were normal.

Failure to diagnose enlarged heart leads to brain damage for 1

Any form of delay in the treatment of a major medical condition could place the health of a patient in Illinois or elsewhere at serious risk. Failure to diagnose and treat a health condition in a timely manner could cause the issue to worsen with time or open a person up to other potentially harmful health complications, or both. An 11-year-old girl in another state was recently awarded $11.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after negligence left her with permanent brain damage.

According to reports, the incident began when the girl was admitted into the emergency room suffering from breathing complications and vomiting. An X-ray was performed and she was subsequently administered intravenous fluids. However, the lawsuit states that the radiologist who examined her scans failed to inform her doctor of signs indicating an enlarged heart, and after the fluids place her heart under substantial stress, she went into cardiac arrest.

Family awarded $30 million after apparent wrongful death

Upon rushing to the emergency room for treatment of life-threatening injuries, patients in Illinois and elsewhere may rely on medical professionals to administer swift medical care. Unfortunately, this isn't always what takes place, and the longer a person is forced to wait for treatment of critical injuries, the higher the chance he or she may suffer permanent damage, or worse. A family was recently awarded a substantial judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit after a delay in care led to the apparent wrongful death of a loved one.

According to the lawsuit, the man was rushed to the emergency room upon suffering a gun shot wound, after an altercation broke out among other parties. Upon arriving at the facility, medical professionals began administering treatment. They reportedly determined that abdominal surgery was required to repair the damage, but they were unable to find a surgeon to perform the operation.

Failure to diagnose risks during childbirth can prove disastrous

There are a variety of issues that could arise from complications during childbirth and identifying any potential concerns in a timely manner could prove vital to protecting the child's well-being. Failure to diagnose any possible risks could lead to an unfortunate scenario that may leave a child in Illinois with long-term or permanent damage. A family in another state has reportedly filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor after complications left their child with a permanent brachial plexus injury.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman visited the doctor to begin undergoing prenatal care. The lawsuit states that during her care, she exhibited signs that indicated a possible risk of shoulder dystocia. The lawsuit asserts that these sings should have prompted the doctor to inform the woman of the possible risks and offer to perform a cesarean section.

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