When we go to the doctor we expect that the medical professionals will help us, rather than make us worse. Sometimes, however, medical mistakes occur and when they do they can be very serious. A recent lawsuit was filed by a patient who alleges that doctors’ misdiagnosis led to permanently disabling injuries. The lawsuit names Waukegan Illinois Hospital Company, LLC, Vista Emergency Department Lindenhurst, the parent companies, and two doctors alleging medical malpractice. The woman is seeking damages of more than $50,000.
Misdiagnosis is Common
When you visit the hospital or doctor you place your health in their hands because you trust that they will properly diagnose and treat your problem. In fact, the problem of misdiagnosis occurs commonly in medical facilities and hospitals across the country. Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice. Doctors must provide a high level of care to patients and correct diagnosis is the first step. In this case, the woman visited the hospital emergency room with severe chest and back pain. She was diagnosed with unspecified musculoskeletal pain and sent home. Later she was correctly diagnosed with a spinal infection.
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