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When we visit a doctor for a medical problem we expect to be adequately diagnosed and treated. That is not always the case. A patient filed a lawsuit in Cook County against Eye Specialists of Chicago and Highland Park, and a doctor, alleging that improper diagnosis and care caused a serious and permanent injury. The lawsuit requests a jury trial and a judgment of more than the jurisdictional limits.

Failure to Assess Medical Condition

The patient in this case states that the doctor failed to properly assess his medical condition. The doctor did not diagnose the man’s eye infection, and therefore it went improperly treated. Misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose, may be considered medical negligence, or malpractice. Doctors are required to provide a high level of care. After an examination, they are expected to properly diagnose a medical condition. In this instance, the doctor reportedly failed to diagnose the level of infection in the man’s eye.

Surgical procedures usually go as they should. Sometimes, however, mistakes made before, during, or following an operation can cause harm to a patient. A patient filed a lawsuit against a doctor, hospital, and medical practice, alleging negligent medical treatment. The patient suffered a permanent disability related to the improper care of a tendon injury. The lawsuit requests damages of more than $50,000.

Improper Diagnosis of Lacerated Tendon

The man in this case was a patient of Vanguard MacNeal Hospital. The doctor did not properly diagnose his condition and therefore, adequate care was not rendered. A lacerated tendon is also known as a ruptured tendon. It may occur in the hand, foot, shoulder, and knees. Tendons are strong tissues that help areas of the body function properly. If a laceration occurs, the tendon will not work as it should, and the patient will suffer a great deal of discomfort upon movement. Prompt medical attention is necessary to prevent further damage.

Victims of medical malpractice, and their families, are often facing incredible hardships, physically, emotionally, and financially. The law currently limits the time to file a lawsuit in medical malpractice cases to two years from the time of occurrence. One of the most difficult aspects of this time limit is the legal discovery process. Discovery can be extremely difficult and complex in medical malpractice cases, and may take longer than allotted. A recent case was decided by the Illinois Supreme Court which determined that the plaintiff would be allowed more time to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Moon v. Rhode

In Moon v. Rhode, the plaintiff did immediately find out that his mother died because of medical malpractice. The medical report was only available after a medical consulting firm reviewed the case and made a determination. The report was not provided until the two-year filing limit had almost been reached, making it impossible for attorneys to file the case in time. The man argued that the discovery rule should allow the time necessary to review the matter.

Medical care consists of many parts. The doctor and medical team need to properly diagnose the patient’s condition, determine proper treatment, and provide the necessary care. As patients, we expect our doctor to be thorough. Doctors are required to give their patients a high standard of care. Sometimes, however, that does not happen. In some cases, the doctor makes a mistake, and the patient is injured. In one recent case, a patient filed a lawsuit alleging medical negligence caused permanent damage to his eyes.

Improper Medical Care Rendered

The lawsuit was filed against Chicago Eye Consultants, MacNeal Hospital, and two doctors, stating that they provided improper medical care that caused injuries. As part of the complaint, the victims claims that the defendants did not properly perform or interpret examinations before performing eye surgery. The man was allegedly not an appropriate candidate for the type of surgery that was performed. Had the doctors properly examined and reviewed information, they would not have performed the operation.

Dental implants have become commonplace and are used by thousands of people every year. While implant surgery is typically considered safe, mistakes can be made which can cause injuries. In one recent case, a woman implant patient claims that she was left with injuries after implant surgery was improperly done. The surgery left her with large gaps between her teeth and pain that required additional care. The woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County against the dentist and A Center for Dental Implants in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are often utilized to replace missing or badly damaged teeth. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw where it will then be covered with a tooth and crown. Dental implants look very much like regular teeth and once they are properly placed they are considered permanent. People may get just one implant but they are also utilized instead of partial or full dentures. Dental implants require a special surgical procedure. Typically, all implants can be completed at the same time.
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A couple filed a lawsuit against a doctor and several health care providers alleging they were negligent in failing to properly diagnose the husband’s medical condition. The man sought medical treatment to find the problem causing severe headaches. The doctors failed to diagnose the cause of his headaches, which was later found to be a cerebral aneurysm. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 to cover the extensive medical treatment that was required because of the misdiagnosis.

Frequent Headaches

The man in this case suffered severe headaches, which were occurring frequently. He went to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment but the correct diagnosis did not occur. Instead, the doctors missed the real reason for the man’s pain and did not provide proper treatment. Headaches can be symptoms of a number of different conditions. Doctors must perform all the proper tests and evaluations until they find the actual cause of the problem. That apparently did not happen in this case.

Cerebral Aneurysm
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When you get medical treatment, you expect that your health will improve. In one recent case, a man alleges that his arm was injured due to the negligence and improper care of a Hoffman Estates doctor. The man filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking to recover damages caused by the injuries the man suffered to his arm. According to the lawsuit, the doctor failed to properly diagnose and treat the problem, causing the condition to worsen. The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $50,000.

Compartment Syndrome
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Going to the chiropractor is supposed to help resolve medical problems, not create them. Yet one patient claims that her chiropractor provided negligent treatment which caused permanent neurological damage. The woman has filed a lawsuit against the chiropractor’s estate because he is now deceased. The lawsuit names Dr. Andrew Pasminski and seeks damages of more than $50,000 as well as legal fees.

Chiropractic Treatments

Chiropractors, like medical doctors, are held to a higher standard of care than a regular person. A medical practitioner must provide proper care and is required to ensure the safe treatment of patients. The woman in this case claims to have been seriously injured after the chiropractor failed to properly perform treatment. The woman suffered severe and permanent neurological damage to her lower extremity. This occurred after the chiropractor improperly moved her foot and ankle during treatment.
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Cataract surgery is considered a safe procedure and it is performed thousands of times a day across the country. Yet, sometimes even a routine surgery can be harmful if the doctor is negligent. A man filed a lawsuit in Cook County alleging that his cataract surgery was botched when the doctor implanted an incorrect lens. The lawsuit was filed naming Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center, LLC, Westchester Eye Surgeons, S.C., and the doctor who performed the operation. The paperwork filed states the man suffered severe injury because of medical malpractice.

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are cloudy deposits that develop on the eye lens and are very common in the elderly. They are removed and replaced with artificial lenses with cataract surgery. Cataract surgery has come a long way in the last several decades. Today, cataract surgery is considered routine and is usually quite successful. While there are potential risks involved in any type of medical procedure, the risks involved with cataract surgery are minimal. In this case, the wrong implant was used in the surgery. This caused the man to have to undergo additional corrective surgeries and expensive medical treatment.
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Medical malpractice can be an extremely heart-wrenching area of the law because of the deep trust patients put in doctors and the severity of the outcomes when those doctors are negligent. It is never more heartbreaking than when the victim of healthcare provider error is a child. Birth injury and pediatric errors are all too common in our medical system. Another rarer type of malpractice has to do with how hospitals handle the situation where a child is born intersex.

What is it to be Born “Intersex”?
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