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Failure to diagnose treatable disorder leads to death of child

Parents in Illinois or elsewhere who are forced to take their child to a hospital for treatment generally rely on medical professionals to provide a certain standard of treatment. If the child fails to receive the necessary care, the result could be devastating, potentially leaving him or her to suffer further harm, or worse. A family in another state claims that a failure to diagnose a rare but treatable condition recently led to the death of their 18-month-old daughter.

The incident began when the child woke up screaming and crying, prompting the family to attempt to set up an appointment with her pediatrician. However, her normal doctor was unavailable, and the family was referred to another medical professional soon thereafter. According to the family, the doctor diagnosed the girl with the flu and sent her home.

Around two days later, their child suddenly stopped breathing, and they rushed her to a medical facility for treatment. Unfortunately, medical professionals were unable to revive the girl, despite attempting to do so for nearly an hour. A subsequent autopsy revealed that she had suffered from a rare but treatable intestinal disorder, and had she received a correct diagnosis during the initial visit, the outcome may have changed dramatically.

Families who lose a child due to a failure to diagnose a treatable medical condition may wish to pursue restitution through the civil justice system. Since the process can be stressful and intimidating, a family could choose to seek guidance from an experienced attorney. An attorney can examine the situation and assist a client in Illinois in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

Source: Murrieta, CA Patch, "Murrieta Family Mourns Toddler After Misdiagnosis", Hoa Quach, Nov. 15, 2017

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