Any form of delay in the treatment of a major medical condition could place the health of a patient in Illinois or elsewhere at serious risk. Failure to diagnose and treat a health condition in a timely manner could cause the issue to worsen with time or open a person up to other potentially harmful health complications, or both. An 11-year-old girl in another state was recently awarded $11.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after negligence left her with permanent brain damage.
According to reports, the incident began when the girl was admitted into the emergency room suffering from breathing complications and vomiting. An X-ray was performed and she was subsequently administered intravenous fluids. However, the lawsuit states that the radiologist who examined her scans failed to inform her doctor of signs indicating an enlarged heart, and after the fluids place her heart under substantial stress, she went into cardiac arrest.
According to the lawsuit, both her doctor and the radiologist noticed the signs of a possible abnormality. However, the radiologist reportedly notified her doctor that it was not a problem. The lawsuit states that the incident left the girl with permanent cognitive impairment and during recent legal proceedings, the jury found both doctors culpable of negligence and awarded the girl a substantial financial judgment.
A failure to diagnose a major medical condition can have disastrous consequences. Individuals who suffer serious or permanent damage due to such negligence could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney for guidance on their available options for legal recourse. An attorney can examine the circumstances a client in Illinois is facing and assist in pursuing the restitution deserved through a medical malpractice lawsuit.