An Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit trial recently began where a Springfield, Illinois pathologist misdiagnosed an infection in the medical malpractice victim’s back as cancer in 1998. This misdiagnosis caused preventable spine damage that required several surgeries and left the victim unable to work. Both the Illinois medical malpractice victim and the defendant hospital agree that a medical technician mistakenly included a biopsy sample from another patient among the nine samples that the doctor thought were from the Illinois medical malpractice victim. The other patient’s sample led to the doctor making a diagnosis that prompted the hospital to give him useless radiation treatment.
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