Any Chicago personal injury attorney would attest that cases of missed diagnosis are as dangerous as any other kind of medical malpractice. When doctors and other healthcare professionals fail to diagnose ailments as a result of either carelessness or failing to conduct the appropriate tests, those health professionals may be liable for injuries that occur as a result of their failures to act.
Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits can arise when people are injured by careless or intentional acts on the part of a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare provider. Healthcare professionals owe a duty of care to their patients, and when that duty is breached – such as in situations where the provider fails to diagnose an illness – the failure is said to be a “tort,” or civil wrong, which can provide the basis for a lawsuit. As a result, the healthcare professional or institution may be made to pay damages to put the injured person back in the position he or she was in prior to being injured.
This week, our Chicago injury attorneys read with satisfaction that justice has been served for of a 44 year-old terminally ill Illinois man who won a $1.6 million verdict against his general practitioner after the physician failed to diagnose bladder cancer. The verdict was the second-highest malpractice lawsuit in county history.
According to papers filed in the DeKalb County, Illinois court, the man saw his doctor several times between June and November of 2003, complaining of frequent urination and other symptoms. Ultimately the man saw another doctor in November of 2003, but by the time the second physician was able to diagnose the bladder cancer, the disease had progressed to the fourth stage of bladder cancer and renal failure. As a result, treatment options were limited.
During the Chicago medical malpractice lawsuit, expert physicians testified that the man has less than a 10% chance of surviving the next six years, and no chance of living to age 60. Because of the initial doctor’s failure to properly diagnose the man’s illness, the victim suffered pain and suffering, incurred medical costs, and his family must suffer from the loss of his companionship, as well as grief and sorrow and mental anguish.
Medical malpractice cases are traumatizing and emotionally and physically difficult for victims and their families. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have handled a number of Illinois medical malpractice cases, including having won a record high $14 million verdict against a doctor and hospital for not following and ignoring abnormal chest X-ray results, which caused a substantial delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer, and a $7.62 million verdict against an HMO doctor who disregarded the mother’s complaints of postpartum bleeding, which resulted in her bleeding to death.
If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of negligence on the part of a healthcare provider, contact an attorney immediately to better understand your rights under the law.