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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.

Failure to diagnose: It happens more often than one might think

When patients in Illinois and elsewhere visit the hospital for treatment of a medical condition, they rely on doctors to be diligent in identifying the source of their pain and develop a plan of action. However, things don't always go as planned, and in some cases, a person may receive an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis. A failure to diagnose a condition can have disastrous results, and studies suggest that such an outcome is unfortunately common.

Similar concerns can be broken down into two categories; misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis. A misdiagnosis refers to a scenario in which a patient is given an incorrect diagnosis, which may prompt an improper course of treatment that may do little to help treat the condition. A missed diagnosis refers to a situation involving a lack of diagnosis, which could cause one's condition to go untreated altogether.

Wrongful death claim possible after hospital removes organs

Illinois readers know hospitals owe patients a certain standard of care. This includes reaching the right diagnosis and providing proper treatment for the medical condition. When a hospital does not meet this standard, it can often result in a patient suffering and possibly even dying prematurely. Recently, a woman died due to the erroneous actions of a hospital, and now a wrongful death claim is possible.

The woman filed a civil claim against a hospital after she underwent surgery to have her kidneys removed. The surgery took place, even though test results indicated there were no signs of cancer. It was only after the surgery took place that doctors realized she did not actually have cancer. After this terrible medical malpractice incident, she was forced to undergo dialysis multiple times per week.

2 suffer harm due to surgical errors during heart transplants

A heart transplant is a major operation that can have a substantial impact on the health of a patient in Illinois. Failure to take the necessary precautions during such a procedure can be exceedingly hazardous, and those who are subjected to negligence could suffer irreparable harm in the process. Two individuals have filed separate lawsuits against a medical facility in another state after claiming surgical errors left them with serious injuries.

According to reports, one of the incidents began when a man was set to undergo a heart transplant at the facility. During the operation, he claims that a doctor sewed one of his major veins closed, and he says that he was forced to undergo an emergency procedure to repair the error. The man asserts that the incident left him with serious injuries that subsequently forced him to remain hospitalized for three months.

Family claims negligence led to wrongful death of son

When patients in Illinois and elsewhere are set to undergo a medical procedure, they generally expect those performing the operation to be qualified and capable. Even in a minor procedure, the presence of negligence could place the health of the patient at risk. A family in another state has reportedly filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after a dental procedure led to the apparent wrongful death of their 2-year-old son.

According to reports, the child was scheduled to undergo a procedure to perform a root canal and place crowns on his baby teeth. However, the family claims that the person who ordered the procedure lacked the necessary qualifications to make such a decision. The lawsuit also asserts that during the procedure, a staff member ignored an alarm on a device that was set to monitor the boy's pulse and oxygen saturation.

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