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Failure to diagnose cancer leads to untimely death of 1

With numerous medical conditions that exhibit similar symptoms, patients in Illinois and elsewhere who seek treatment generally expect medical professionals to practice due diligence in issuing a diagnosis. Failure to diagnose and treat a serious condition can cause a person to experience severe harm and, in some cases, can prove fatal. A lawsuit over an untimely cancer diagnosis that led to a man's death has resulted in a $4.2 million judgment.

According to reports, the incident began when the man visited his family care physician for treatment. During one visit, his doctor decided to perform a urinalysis, which suggested the presence of blood in his urine. Despite the fact that the test indicated the presence of red blood cells in his urine, his doctor reportedly decided not to refer him to a specialist.

Failure to diagnose a medical condition can be harmful

Regardless of the severity of a medical condition, a proper diagnosis is essential to ensuring the necessary treatment is provided to a patient in Illinois. Failure to diagnose a condition could lead to improper care, which could do little to help the patient, or in some cases, may only cause his or her condition to worsen over time. While negligence of any form in the medical industry can be harmful, studies suggest that the leading cause of medical malpractice claims lies with diagnostic errors.

Upon visiting a hospital, patients generally expect to receive a certain standard of care. Errors during a surgical procedure, or general negligence in the treatment of a patient are two of the most common forms of risks a patient may face, either of which could pose a significant threat to one's well-being. However, studies suggest that similar incidents are occurring less frequently as time goes by.

Failure to diagnose spinal infection causes permanent damage

When patients in Illinois are forced to visit a hospital, they may expect medical professionals to be capable of properly identifying and treating their conditions. Obtaining a correct diagnosis is generally the first step in administering the proper treatment, and should a doctor fail to provide a patient with the proper care, the harm to his or her health could be substantial. A woman has recently been awarded a judgment of $18 million after a failure to diagnose an infection in her spine left her with catastrophic injuries.

According to the lawsuit, the woman first visited the hospital for treatment of pain in her back. While the nature of the treatment she received remains unclear, the lawsuit asserts that her pain was the result of an infection in her spine, which medical professionals failed to diagnose and treat in a timely manner. The delay in treatment caused her to suffer severe harm, and the lawsuit asserts the woman will now be a paraplegic for the remainder of her life.

Negligence during care leads to brain injury for child

When a patient in Illinois receives treatment from multiple doctors, communication may be key to ensuring his or her health is protected. Should a medical professional fail to properly document the treatment provided, or fail to check on previous treatments when administering care, the patient could be placed at risk in the process. A family has recently reached a settlement with a medical facility after claiming that negligence during labor caused their child to suffer a permanent brain injury.

According to reports, the woman was first admitted to the hospital upon experiencing preterm contractions. She was given antibiotics to protect the child in the event of an early delivery, and after other medications assisted in stopping labor, she was sent home without being tested for Group B Streptococcus. Several days later during a regularly scheduled appointment, she was tested for Group B Strep, the results of which came back negative.

Family claims misdiagnosis led to wrongful death of loved one

When a patient in Illinois or elsewhere begins to exhibit signs of the possibility of internal bleeding, obtaining immediate medical care could prove crucial to his or her well-being. A delay in treatment for similar issues can have devastating results, potentially leaving a family to mourn the untimely loss of someone dear. A family in another state has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and medical facility, claiming that negligence led to the wrongful death of a 69-year-old woman.

According to reports, the woman first visited a hospital after suffering a fall at her home. Upon arriving at the hospital, she informed doctors that she was experiencing pain in her abdomen, and after initial tests indicated the possible presence of a gastrointestinal bleed, she was taken to another facility for further treatment. While at the facility, a doctor who specializes in this field told her she was suffering from a blockage of the intestine and scheduled further testing the following day.

Loss of a child leads to wrongful death lawsuit against hospital

No family should ever have to endure the loss of a child due to the negligence of another party. Unfortunately, such a tragic experience occurs far too often when a patient in Illinois fails to receive the proper care during childbirth. A woman in another state has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a medical facility, claiming that a prolonged period of labor led to the death of her child.

According to reports, the woman was admitted to the hospital due to a slow progression of labor. While at the facility, she claims the doctor on duty made infrequent visits and failed to respond quickly when she began bleeding. At some point during labor, she says the doctor ordered an immediate cesarean section, but delayed to perform the procedure for up to 30 minutes.

Wife of former Eagles singer Glenn Frey files wrongful death suit

In the diagnosis and treatment of a medical condition, timing and accuracy can make all the difference. Patients in Illinois and across the nation generally rely on medical professionals to be capable of identifying a condition in a timely manner so that the proper treatment can begin, as failing to do so can have devastating results. The widow of former Eagles band member Glenn Frey has recently filed a lawsuit against a doctor and medical facility, accusing each party of wrongful death via negligence.

According to reports, the former singer was admitted to a medical facility suffering from diseases of the bowel. However, his wife claims that he was not given the proper care, and that medical professionals failed to diagnose and treat an infection. She claims the delay in treatment caused him to suffer from a variety of complications that left him sick and disabled and eventually claimed his life.

Failure to diagnose strep infection leads to death of young girl

For many medical conditions, a swift and proper diagnosis could prove essential to providing a patient in Illinois with the necessary treatment. Failure to diagnose a condition can have devastating consequences, and may lead to treatment that could do more harm than good. A family in another state claims that failure to diagnose and treat an infection recently led to the untimely death of their 12-year-old daughter.

According to the family, the incident began when the young girl was sent home from school with symptoms similar to food poisoning. They proceeded to take her to the doctor, and after being evaluated, she was diagnosed with the flu and sent home. After her condition failed to improve, she was taken to an urgent care clinic, and after her oxygen levels were found to be low, she was rushed to a medical facility for further treatment.

Wrongful death: family awarded $2 million following death of son

When a family in Illinois is forced to take their child to a medical facility, they generally expect to receive a certain standard of care. When medical professionals fail to be diligent in the evaluation and treatment of a patient, their negligence could cause a great deal of harm to his or her health. A family in another state has recently been awarded a $2 million settlement following the wrongful death of their 17-year-old son.

According to reports, the incident began when the boy was taken to a medical facility for a kidney ultrasound. In the lawsuit, the family accused medical professionals of being negligent in their review of the ultrasound results. He reportedly suffered a pulmonary embolism soon thereafter, and the lawsuit claims that the negligence of these professionals led to his death.

Routine surgery leads to wrongful death of teenage girl

When patients in Illinois and across the country are set to undergo a routine surgery, they place their safety in the hands of those performing the procedure. While in many cases, there may be little risk involved, even the simplest of procedures can be dangerous if negligence is present. Should a family be forced to endure the loss of a loved one under similar circumstances, they may choose to pursue restitution through a wrongful death claim.

A family in another state has recently reached a $2 million settlement agreement with an oral surgeon following the death of their teenage daughter. While undergoing surgery to have her wisdom teeth removed, the girl suffered from oxygen deprivation and went into cardiac arrest and unfortunately passed away several days later. According to the lawsuit, the doctor who performed the surgery failed to properly administer general anesthesia and failed to monitor the girl closely throughout the procedure.

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