Errors during the diagnosis of a medical condition could lead to improper paths of treatment that can have a detrimental impact on a person's health. In some cases, patients in Illinois who are the subject of a misdiagnosis may feel forced to follow the prescribed path of treatment for months, or even years. A woman in another state was recently awarded $3 million in a medical malpractice claim after a doctor wrongfully diagnosed her with epilepsy.
According to the lawsuit, the woman first visited the doctor at the age of nine. While under the doctor's care, she was set to undergo tests to measure brain waves and detect the possible presence of abnormalities. The results of these tests reportedly led the doctor to diagnose her with epilepsy, and she says she continued taking medication for her condition for up to four years until another doctor reviewed the tests and indicated that the results were normal.
The woman states that the unnecessary path of treatment she was forced to follow due to the misdiagnosis affected her health substantially. The lawsuit claims that the doctor who diagnosed her with epilepsy intentionally misread the tests results of her tests. According to the claim, the doctor stands accused of taking similar actions with a multitude of other patients.
There are a variety of ways in which a misdiagnosis could negatively impact a person's well-being. Those who are subjected to negligence under similar circumstances could choose to speak with an attorney for guidance on their available options for legal recourse. An attorney can examine the situation and assist a client in Illinois in pursuing restitution through a claim against the party or parties deemed at fault.