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Hospital accused of failure to diagnose and improper care

Patients in Illinois and elsewhere typically expect to receive a certain standard of care when forced to visit a medical facility. Those with serious medical issues rely on receiving proper diagnosis and treatment. Failure to diagnose and/or care for a patient's condition could be devastating, prompting many to seek out a second opinion should their health fail to improve.

A four-star veterans' hospital in another state has recently been placed under a spotlight in relation to multiple health care concerns. According to reports, numerous patients of this facility have been forced to wait months for referrals and, upon finally seeing a specialist, are found to be in poor health due to improper care and/or diagnosis. In some cases, the lesser standard of care provided to these patients has led to serious medical issues, such as paralysis.

Several individuals who work at the facility have reportedly came forward with concerns about patient care, claiming that those who visit the hospital are being put at risk for unnecessary reasons. Such negligence can do immense harm to the health of a patient, and in some cases, by the time they are able to obtain a second opinion, their conditions may have already deteriorated past recovery. Those who are forced to experience a similar situation may have grounds to pursue restitution for damages, but the process can be complex.

Failure to diagnose and/or property treat a medical condition is a serious issue that no one should have to suffer through. Unfortunately, such negligence is far too common, prompting many to seek out an attorney for advice on available options for legal recourse. An attorney in Illinois can evaluate the situation, along with a client's injuries and financial needs, and assist in pursuing the full amount of compensation deserved through the necessary outlets.

Source: The Boston Globe, "Globe Spotlight report: A four-star case of failure at Manchester VA", Jonathan Saltzman and Andrea Estes, Aug. 4, 2017

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