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Lawsuit Filed After Doctor Fails to Recognize Tongue Cancer

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers understand 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 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.

According to the Madison St. Clair Record, a lawsuit was filed earlier this month on behalf of the widow of a man whose doctor allegedly failed to recognize signs of cancer and failed to treat the cancer in a timely fashion. Because of the doctor’s negligence, the man died; the lawsuit alleges that the man’s death could have potentially been avoided or postponed, had the cancer been properly diagnosed and treated.

The complaint asserts that the woman’s husband sought medical treatment from the defendant physician because of complaints about the appearance of his tongue, and the fact that he unexpectedly lost 37 pounds between June and October of that year. The doctor apparently failed to look at the left side of the man’s tongue, and instead diagnosed him with thrush – an illness treatable with antibiotics. The doctor failed to recognize the signs of cancer, and failed to recommend that the man see a specialist for cancer treatment.

The cancer on the man’s tongue continued to grow, and the man eventually had to undergo chemotherapy. Because of the doctor’s failure to properly diagnose the man’s illness, the victim suffered pain and suffering, incurred medical costs, and his widow suffered from the loss of his companionship, as well as grief and sorrow.

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.