A Chicago personal injury attorney can attest that Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits arise when patients are injured by careless or intentional acts of a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare provider. When a person is determined to be legally responsible for injury to someone else, they are liable for that injury and may be made to pay damages resulting from the harm caused.
That’s exactly why a jury recently returned a verdict of $4.75 million against a Kane County, Illinois hospital, in favor of a 55 year-old man who became paralyzed from the chest down when doctors failed to diagnose a serious spinal infection.
According to court documents from the Kane County, Illinois courthouse, the man was playing golf when he felt a sharp pain in his back that radiated to his chest. He was admitted to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed him first with “chest pain,” and later with pneumonia. At the hospital, a doctor ordered a CT scan for the man’s thorax and abdomen, but a secretary erroneously recorded the test for chest pain, which resulted in an incorrect order for the radiology technician.
By the time that doctors finally made the correct diagnosis of the spinal cord infection, the man was already paralyzed. 20 days had elapsed since he was first admitted to the hospital, and the man had been seen by six doctors at two hospitals.
Medical providers owe a duty of care to their patients. When that duty is breached and the patient is harmed, the professional may be required to answer to an Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit. Additionally, the hospitals for which the responsible doctor or nurse works may also be legally liable; in general, healthcare institutions have the responsibility to supervise their staff to ensure that mistakes aren’t made, and to hire professionals who have enough knowledge to competently treat patients. In Illinois personal injury lawsuits, when a physician or other healthcare provider has committed medical malpractice, the hospital or healthcare institution may also be held liable for failing to properly train their employees or for failing to hire professionals who are qualified to do the work.
Medical tests are indispensable, and have the ability to reveal important information about a person’s health. Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits may arise when failures in communication prevent a diagnosis from being made, and a patient is injured as a result.
Medical malpractice injuries are devastating and potentially life altering. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys have handled a number of these types of cases, and even 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, as well as 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.