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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.

Failure to diagnose: Trip to emergency room leaves 1 in a coma

When individuals in Illinois and elsewhere are forced to visit the emergency room, they may expect medical professionals to provide them with a certain standard of treatment. Those who are denied the necessary care can suffer severe consequences, and a failure to diagnose and treat a condition could lead to long-term or permanent damage. A family in another state was awarded just under $4 million in a settlement agreement after a visit to the hospital left a woman in a coma.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman visited the emergency room after she began to have trouble breathing. The family claims that doctors ignored signs of possible heart failure despite having knowledge of her medical history. The lawsuit states that she was given medication and released, and that she went into cardiac arrest in a nearby emergency waiting room shortly thereafter.

Failure to diagnose blood clot leads to medical malpractice claim

Losing a loved one can be a harrowing experience, especially when the loss comes as a result of the negligence of a medical professional. Families in Illinois who lose someone close after doctors repeatedly fail to correctly diagnose their loved one's condition may be left in search of guidance on how to pursue accountability through civil court. A man in another state has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming a failure to diagnose a blood clot led to the untimely death of his 45-year-old wife.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman visited a medical facility complaining of a cough that had persisted for nearly three weeks. She was reportedly diagnosed with a cough and sent home. Around 11 days later, she notified the facility that here symptoms were getting worse despite having been prescribed medications to treat her condition.

Negligence during childbirth could lead to a severe brain injury

When preparing to bring a child into the world, parents in Illinois and elsewhere may rely on medical professionals to take every precaution in ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, and any form of negligence that is present before, during or after childbirth can place the safety of the child at risk. The consequences of complications could leave a child suffering from a variety of serious medical conditions, such as Erb's Palsy or a severe brain injury.

Unfortunately, the risks to a child's well-being in the face of negligence can begin during pregnancy. Should medical professionals fail to properly monitor the health of a patient, conditions that could pose a threat to the child's health could go unattended. Some of these risk factors include a failure to diagnose and treat conditions such as maternal infections and preeclampsia.

Failure to diagnose is a common concern for parents

Many parents in Illinois and elsewhere consider the well-being of their kids to be paramount, and they may wish to ensure they receive the best care possible should a medical emergency arise. Should a child receive a lesser standard of treatment, the impact it could have on his or her life could be devastating. While there are numerous forms of negligence that can leave a child's health at risk, studies indicate that a failure to diagnose a condition properly remains a major concern.

With regard to children, recent studies indicate that the most common reason parents file medical malpractice lawsuits pertains to diagnostic errors. Whether stemming from a missed or incorrect diagnosis, this failure could lead to either an improper course of care or delay in treatment, both of which could have a substantial impact on a child's well-being. The study states that one major concern that may contribute to such negligence involves a failure to notify a child's physician of vital test results in a timely manner.

Family claims experimental operation led to wrongful death of 1

Undergoing a major surgical procedure can be a stressful and harrowing process. Should anything go wrong during such an operation, the health of a patient in Illinois could be placed in jeopardy, and with new procedures, the risk of errors could be substantial. A family in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $2.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming a rushed procedure led to the wrongful death of a loved one.

The lawsuit reportedly stemmed from an incident in which the woman was scheduled to undergo an operation to remove a pacemaker. The family asserts that the facility chose to use a new procedure in which medical professionals would remove the device with the assistance of a laser guiding system. During the procedure, the family asserts that the laser pierced her blood vessels and heart, leaving her with internal bleeding.

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