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Failure to diagnose acute leukemia leads to paralysis for girl

A delayed or incorrect diagnosis can be devastating in various ways, and subsequent treatment based on either could do more harm than good. Patients in Illinois and elsewhere often rely on medical professionals to be capable of identifying and treating a condition, and failure to diagnose a condition can cause patients to suffer serious harm, or worse. A young girl in another state was recently awarded a $1.9 million judgment following a recent lawsuit under similar circumstances.

Her family asserts that she was experiencing issues with her stomach and was taken to a local clinic before eventually seeing her pediatrician. According to reports, in both instances, she was diagnosed with severe constipation. Unfortunately, the prescribed treatments apparently caused the condition to worsen. After four days, she was eventually diagnosed with acute leukemia at another facility.

Although she apparently received the correct diagnosis this time around, the delay in treatment reportedly caused a blockage of the blood flow between her spine and legs, which left her paralyzed. Although cured of the illness, she will reportedly be bound to a wheelchair for the remainder of life. Had the diagnosis been correct from the start, she might have avoided such consequences.

Failure to diagnose and treat a medical condition in a timely manner can cause long-term or permanent damage to the health of a patient, or worse. Those who are victims to such negligence may often seek to hold the party at fault responsible through the civil justice system. Since the process can be challenging to navigate alone, a person in Illinois may choose to retain the services of an experienced attorney for assistance in pursuing the full amount of compensation he or she deserves through a claim against the party deemed culpable.

Source:, "Misdiagnosis leads to paralysis, $1.9 million settlement for Maine girl", Judy Harrison, June 19, 2017

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