Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers believe justice has been done with the recent 4.5 million dollar medical malpractice settlement between an Illinois woman and a fertility center. On Friday, attorneys Jeffrey Martin and John Perconti settled our client’s case.
At the time of the misdiagnosis, our client was only 19 and just starting her college career. She developed irregular menstrual cycles, gained weight in her stomach and face, and became emotionally labile. To discover the cause of her symptoms, she sought treatment from an endocrinologist at the fertility center.
The doctor diagnosed her with polycystic ovary syndrome without ruling out other possible causes, such as Cushing’s syndrome or adrenal cancer. Over the next fourteen months, she was treated for a disease she did not have. When new symptoms appeared, her mother spoke to the nurses about the new symptoms. However, the nurses failed to follow the standard of care for nurses when they did not document or report the development to the physician. As a result of the negligence acts of the physician and the nurses,our client’s cancer went untreated and undiagnosed for fourteen months.
For a cancer patient, fourteen months can mean the difference between life and death. In the plaintiff’s case, fourteen months meant the difference between catching the cancer at Stage 1 or Stage 2 instead of allowing the cancer to progress and develop into a Stage 4. At Stage 1, she could have treated the cancer with surgery. At Stage 2, she would have only required medical treatment in addition to surgery. Instead, due to the misdiagnosis of the physicians and failure of the nurses to conform to the standard of care, the cancer spread to her liver and her lungs. When the tumor was taken out, it weighed two pounds and measured 14cm x 13.5cm x 9.5cm.
Her case is just one of many Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits filed by our lawyers every year. Although the monetary settlement can never truly make up for the emotional stress and shortened lifespan of a promising young girl, it will help with the monumental medical expenses incurred from chemotherapy, surgery, and other treatments. Cancer is an unanticipated and immense expense for any family, especially those parents who believe their children will outlive them.
As our client learned from personal experience, misdiagnosis can have serious ramifications on a person’s health and on a family’s expenses. Mistakes happen despite physicians and nurses best intentions to keep Illinois citizens healthy. When these mistakes or negligent acts negatively affect a person’s life, the wrongdoers should help mend the hurt they caused. Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin and Perconti are proud to have held a significant role in helping the family seek justice.