A couple filed a complaint against doctors, medical facilities, and a laboratory claiming that negligent care led to the woman’s injuries. The woman was eventually diagnosed with endometrial carcinoma, a very serious type of uterine cancer. However, her delayed diagnosis allegedly caused a delay in treatment, which allowed the disease to worsen. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and is requesting damages of more than $50,000.
Failure to Diagnose
The failure to make a diagnosis or an error in diagnosis may be considered negligence on the part of the doctor or medical staff. Doctors are held to a high standard of care because they have specialized education, training and experience. Sometimes a missed diagnosis does not do any harm to the patient. However, sometimes it can cause additional injuries or can make the condition worsen. In this case, the woman’s cancer was not diagnosed or treated so it caused a serious decline in her health.