When a person visits a medical facility for diagnosis and treatment, timing is usually of the essence. Patients in Illinois expect medical professionals to properly evaluate and treat any possible health conditions. Failure to diagnose a condition can delay treatment required, which can in some cases lead to permanent damage to the health of a patient that may have otherwise been avoided. A music shop owner in another state claims he suffered similar harm as the result of the negligence of a radiologist.
The man was taken to the hospital after he started showing signs of slurred speech and a facial droop. After an MRI and a magnetic resonance angiography were performed, a radiologist advised that no abnormalities were present. After several hours he was taken to another hospital, and a neurologist evaluated the previous scan and advised that a blockage was present, which may have caused a loss of blood to the brain.
Shortly after, the man fell into a coma after suffering respiratory failure and hypoxia. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and partial paralysis following the event. These types of injuries can have a significant impact on a person's life in various ways. If the blockage had been found sooner, he may have received treatment and avoided permanent damage.
The man claims that the radiologist's failure to diagnose his condition is responsible for his suffering. If a medical professional and/or facility is found to have been negligent in a similar circumstance, the victim may be entitled restitution through the civil justice system. When facing a similar situation, many individuals in Illinois choose to speak with an experienced attorney for assistance in filing a claim against the party deemed at fault.
Source: dailyastorian.com, "Music shop owner sues radiologist for negligence", Derrick DePledge, March 21, 2017