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Man files wrongful death claim against medical facility, doctor

Prior to performing a scheduled procedure, medical professionals in Illinois must keep watch over a patient's condition and address any concerns. Should an infection be present, doctors may choose to delay the operation to prevent complications and protect the health of a patient. A man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit following the death of his mother claiming that her doctor ignored the presence of an infection prior to performing an operation.

According to reports, the incident took place after the woman was admitted to the facility and scheduled to undergo spine surgery. However, the procedure was pushed back for one month due to the presence of a skin infection. On the day the operation took place, tests showed that her white blood cell count was abnormally high and continuing to rise, which is a sign of an infection.

Failure to diagnose condition leads to severe brain damage for 1

When addressing the symptoms of a patient in Illinois, medical professionals may need to consider a variety of variables in forming a plan for treatment. Doctors must generally be thorough before issuing a diagnosis, as failure to diagnose a condition properly could cause one's health issues to go unnoticed and deteriorate over time. A jury has recently awarded a man a judgment of $18.4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after a facility failed to test him for HIV.

According to reports, the man initially visited the facility with symptoms of facial paralysis. He claims that he was informed that his symptoms were consistent with an HIV infection, he signed a consent form to be tested. Although some of the factors that could put him at risk for HIV were reportedly present, his neurologist cancelled the test without informing him.

Wrongful death: 1 dies after having allergic reaction to dye

Having an allergic reaction can be a scary experience, and in some cases, a similar incident can be deadly if the reaction isn't treated promptly. Individuals in Illinois who visit a hospital for treatment may expect doctors to keep a constant watch over their conditions to prevent a similar incident from causing harm to their health. A family has been awarded a substantial monetary judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit following the wrongful death of a 40-year-old woman.

According to reports, the woman initially visited a medical facility for a CT scan. Prior to performing the scan, medical professionals administered a contrast dye, and after having an allergic reaction to the dye, the woman went into shock. She lost consciousness soon thereafter, and while doctors gave her medication, they reportedly failed to keep watch over her condition to prevent it from deteriorating, and she passed away soon thereafter.

Wrongful death: Delay in treatment leads to death of child

A woman has been awarded a judgment of $4 million at the conclusion of a recent medical malpractice trial following the untimely death of her 1-month-old child. Such a loss is something that no parent should ever have to endure, especially when it occurs due to negligence. Families in Illinois who experience the loss of a child under similar circumstances could speak with an attorney for assistance in pursuing compensation through a wrongful death claim.

According to the lawsuit, the woman took her child to the doctor after noticing symptoms of a common condition known as whooping cough. However, she claims that doctors failed to properly diagnose and treat the condition in a timely manner. The woman asserts that the delay in medical care created complications that ultimately led to the death of her child, and she filed a lawsuit against the facility soon thereafter.

Wrongful death: Doctor found negligent during investigation

When individuals in Illinois visit a hospital for treatment, they may see a variety of medical professionals during their stay. With numerous doctors and nurses assisting with the care of a patient, keeping a person's treatment and condition documented thoroughly could be essential to ensuring the proper care is provided. A doctor in another state has recently agreed to a reprimand after his negligence led to the apparent wrongful death of a 67-year-old woman.

The woman was reportedly admitted to the hospital while suffering from abdominal pain and a fever. She informed medical professionals of a history of kidney stones, and her patient chart was updated to reflect her symptoms, which included the fever, abdominal pain, swollen joints and a sore throat. However, upon visiting the patient, the doctor reportedly failed to look over the notes on her chart, and he sent her home with pain medication after reaching the conclusion that she was merely suffering from inflammation.

Failure to diagnose: Patient accuses surgeon of negligence

Prior to scheduling a surgical procedure, doctors in Illinois may have a duty to examine the condition of a patient to determine the necessary course of action. Failure to diagnose a condition to its full extent can lead to delays in treatment or complications during the procedure that can prove harmful to the patient. A man has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a surgeon after a procedure caused him to suffer significant harm.

According to the lawsuit, the incident began when the man was diagnosed with colon cancer. Following this diagnosis, he was scheduled to undergo surgery to remove a cancerous mass. However, after beginning the operation, the surgeon reportedly discovered that the spread of his cancer was worse than expected. At some point during the operation, he also claims the surgeon damaged his renal system, subsequently causing him to suffer an infection.

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.

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