When we visit the doctor or hospital we expect that they will take the steps necessary to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment. This was not the case for a man who recently filed a lawsuit in Cook County. The lawsuit claims that the man’s serious condition was not diagnosed and as a result he later suffered cardiac arrest. The lawsuit names Loyola University Medical Center and the doctors who provided treatment there. The suit seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Failure to Diagnose
The failure to diagnose a serious medical condition or the incorrect diagnosis can have a significant impact on the health of a patient. When a doctor misdiagnoses the medical condition it will not be treated and the result could be dangerous. In this case, the lawsuit states that the doctors did not diagnose or even recognize Fournier gangrene in a timely manner. Further, they did not diagnose the man’s other symptoms which were consistent with congestive heart failure. The man later suffered a cardiac arrest and as a result, permanent injuries.
Medical malpractice is based on two main factors. These include negligence and liability. Additionally, the mistake must have caused harm. A doctor or other medical professional is expected to know more than the average person about health and medical conditions and therefore is held to a high standard of care. Doctors are required to provide proper care to their patients. When care is not provided as it should, the result may be considered malpractice.
Serious and Permanent Injuries
The man in this case suffered serious ongoing medical problems stemming from the cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest can be fatal or may cause permanent injuries. A cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack. In a cardiac arrest the heart has erratic electrical impulses which control the organ. A defibrillator is sometimes used to shock the heart back into proper rhythm. A fatal cardiac arrest is also called sudden cardiac death. Pacemakers or ICDs, implantable cardiac defibrillators, are utilized in some instances to prevent cardiac arrest by maintaining the correct electrical impulses and control of the heart.
When someone is the victim of serious injury because of the negligence of a doctor they may be owed money to pay for damages. Injuries may require expensive surgeries, ongoing medical treatment, and rehabilitative therapy. Additionally, the victim has likely suffered lost wages while recovering. In some cases, such as this one, the injury could be permanent. Those who suffer permanent injuries may never be able to go back to work or may require ongoing care for the rest of their lives. These expenses should be paid by the responsible party. Also, a person may be able to recover payments for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, among other things.
Those harmed by medical negligence are advised to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to determine how to proceed. If you or a loved one were hurt because of medical malpractice, contact Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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