When patients in Illinois and elsewhere visit the hospital for treatment of a medical condition, they rely on doctors to be diligent in identifying the source of their pain and develop a plan of action. However, things don't always go as planned, and in some cases, a person may receive an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis. A failure to diagnose a condition can have disastrous results, and studies suggest that such an outcome is unfortunately common.
Similar concerns can be broken down into two categories; misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis. A misdiagnosis refers to a scenario in which a patient is given an incorrect diagnosis, which may prompt an improper course of treatment that may do little to help treat the condition. A missed diagnosis refers to a situation involving a lack of diagnosis, which could cause one's condition to go untreated altogether.
According to studies, experts indicate that nearly 40 percent of patients receive either an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis. While this number may seem alarming, studies indicate that in many cases, similar issues might not lead to further harm. However, in some cases a missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis could cause one's condition to deteriorate or open one up to the risk of additional medical concerns, both of which could prove harmful to his or her health.
Individuals who suffer serious harm or lose a loved one due to a failure to diagnose a condition may wish to know more about their options for pursuing legal recourse. Since the civil justice system can be complex, a person in Illinois could benefit from obtaining legal counsel for advice early in the process. An attorney can evaluate the circumstances a client is facing and assist him or her in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a medical malpractice claim.