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Man suffers permanent quadriplegia due to failure to diagnose

When a person is forced to visit the hospital, he or she may have certain expectations of how things will go. With so many specialists in different fields, patients in Illinois expect to be treated properly and in a timely manner. Some injuries require immediate attention, and failure to diagnose such injuries can cause serious harm to the patient.

A man visited the hospital with pain at the base of his skull and around his neck. He also complained that any movement caused additional pain. After running a few tests, he was told that his white blood cell count was high and that he was suffering from shingles as well as a headache. He was sent home without any further testing.

After a few days, the pain had not subsided, and he was presenting new symptoms. He chose to visit a different hospital this time, and a CT scan revealed a ruptured vacuum disc and an epidural hematoma, along with other serious issues. He was also diagnosed with E. Coli meningitis. The previous hospital allegedly missed all of these conditions, and the patient was not treated quickly enough, ultimately resulting in permanent quadriplegia.

Serious injuries can be very time-sensitive. Any failure to diagnose a condition in a certain amount of time may cause irreparable harm to the patient. In these situations, the patient can choose to seek financial restitution by filing a claim against the wrongful party. Many people in Illinois find it beneficial to speak with an attorney when faced with a similar situation, exploring any legal options that may be available to them.

Source:, "Lawsuit Filed By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC Against Medical Group For Patient After He Is Allegedly Misdiagnosed, Becomes Quadriplegic", Jan. 18, 2017

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