A man has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a Rolling Meadows cancer center for medical malpractice after his wife died of breast cancer. The lawsuit names Northwest Oncology and Hematology and the treating doctor alleging that they were careless and negligent in the medical treatment of his wife. According to the lawsuit, the doctor failed to monitor and test the woman, whose cancer was thought to be in remission. Instead, the woman’s cancer had indeed returned and she died in 2013. When a doctor or medical professional fails to properly diagnose or treat a patient it may be considered malpractice.
Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose
When we go to the doctor we trust that he will use his years of training, education, and experience to provide the best care possible. In this case, the woman had previously been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, which was supposedly in remission. Subsequently, the lawsuit states that the doctor did not obtain tumor marker testing, which is critical in proper evaluation. Without this testing the doctor could not learn that the woman’s cancer had returned. The doctor failed to provide treatment that could have saved the woman’s life, according to the documents. Failure to diagnose or treat the woman ultimately led to her death.
Testing for Cancer Patients
Proper testing is required for all patients but is particularly important for those patients who are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer may be treated and result in remission. However, a patient may be in remission for an indeterminate length of time. The cancer may return after a period of time, it may show up in another area of the body, or it may never return. Thus, oncologists are responsible for completing and evaluating the proper testing at the correct intervals in order to treat cancer quickly should it be found to have come back.
Doctors are held to a high standard and must always provide patients with the proper level of care. Failure to do so may mean that medical malpractice has taken place. A qualified attorney will review the case to determine whether the doctor is likely responsible for malpractice. If so, a lawsuit may be necessary to recover medical costs, and money for pain and suffering. You may also be entitled to recover legal fees. The lawsuit in this case seeks damages in excess of $50,000.
What to Do About Medical Malpractice
In order to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit the patient must have suffered a serious injury or have been harmed by the negligent acts of the doctor. If not for the doctor’s carelessness or negligence, the injury would not have occurred or the patient would not have died. Speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the incident has occurred. The time to file a lawsuit is limited. A lawsuit may result in a settlement or it may proceed to trial. You have a right to fight for your rights and get the money you deserve. If you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice contact the legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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