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Failure to diagnose a medical condition can cause serious harm

Patients with a serious medical condition who visit a hospital generally expect to receive a certain quality of care and treatment. Concerning the treatment of these conditions, the first step is often obtaining the correct diagnosis. A condition must be identified in order for the appropriate treatment to begin, and failure to diagnose, or correctly diagnose, the condition of a patient in Illinois can be detrimental to his or her overall health.

According to a recent study performed by some of the country's leading specialists, getting a second opinion for serious health conditions may be advisable. With a vast number of conditions, and a significantly fewer amount of symptoms with which to identify a condition, the potential for error may be present. The study suggests that around 66 percent of patients involved had received a diagnosis that was somewhat similar to the correct one, while around 21 percent were apparently given the wrong diagnosis altogether.

The study also concluded that only 12 percent of patients that participated had actually received the correct diagnosis. Receiving the correct diagnosis can make the difference between recovery and suffering or, in some cases, life and death. If a patient is given an incorrect diagnosis, the subsequent treatment may be ineffective or worse.

Failure to diagnose and treat a serious health condition can have disastrous consequences. Countless individuals over the years have suffered serious harm to health, or lost a loved one, on account of a misdiagnosis. If a doctor and/or medical facility is deemed culpable for a similar incident, victims or surviving family members may be entitled to compensation through the civil justice system. When facing a similar situation, many individuals speak with an attorney in Illinois for assistance in filing a claim against the party deemed at fault.

Source:, "Mayo Clinic researchers demonstrate value of second opinions", Elizabeth Zimmermann Young, Accessed on April 19, 2017

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