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Failure to diagnose: Trip to emergency room leaves 1 in a coma

When individuals in Illinois and elsewhere are forced to visit the emergency room, they may expect medical professionals to provide them with a certain standard of treatment. Those who are denied the necessary care can suffer severe consequences, and a failure to diagnose and treat a condition could lead to long-term or permanent damage. A family in another state was awarded just under $4 million in a settlement agreement after a visit to the hospital left a woman in a coma.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman visited the emergency room after she began to have trouble breathing. The family claims that doctors ignored signs of possible heart failure despite having knowledge of her medical history. The lawsuit states that she was given medication and released, and that she went into cardiac arrest in a nearby emergency waiting room shortly thereafter.

The woman fell into a coma shortly thereafter and her condition remains unchanged nearly four years after the initial visit. The lawsuit states that she is not expected to regain consciousness. While many of the details concerning what took place during her visit remain unclear, her family was recently awarded a substantial sum in a settlement agreement after filing a medical malpractice claim against the facility.

Failure to diagnose and treat a medical condition is a major concern for patients in Illinois. Victims or loved ones who suffer harm or loss due to such negligence may be left in search of justice, and they could choose to consult with an attorney for guidance on their available legal avenues. An attorney can assist a client in pursuing the restitution deserved through a medical malpractice claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

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