When we enter the hospital we expect that doctors and others will provide us with the best possible care. We trust that we will receive the proper diagnosis and treatment of the illness or malady that we are suffering from. In one recent case, a disabled man received negligent care at a hospital when they failed to adequately diagnose or treat him. A lawsuit, filed on his behalf by his guardian, alleges that the negligent care resulted in his deteriorated health condition, which caused him to suffer severe and permanent injuries. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 in a jury trial.
The man in this case originally went to the doctor with the complaints of a persistent cough and trouble breathing. According to the lawsuit, the doctors failed to properly diagnose the cause of the problem and did not treat him for high blood pressure. Unfortunately, the incomplete medical care caused his condition to worsen. Less than two weeks later, the man was found unresponsive in his vehicle. It was determined that he had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and was in respiratory distress. Had the man been properly medically treated when he went to the doctor, the stroke would have been prevented, according to the lawsuit.
A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by the rupture of a weakened blood vessel, which then bleeds into the brain. The most common types of weakened blood vessels are aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). During a stroke, the blood flow to the brain is severely diminished or blocked for a period of time. The length of time the patient goes without oxygen flow determines the outcome. A stroke may range from mild to severe or fatal. Symptoms include a sudden severe headache, weakness of numb feeling in the face, leg, or arm on one side of the body, and a loss of consciousness. Immediate emergency medical treatment is necessary for the best possible outcome.
Doctors are required to provide proper care and when they are negligent, it may constitute medical malpractice. Medical malpractice may include mistakes made during the diagnosis or treatment of a patient as well as the failure to diagnose or treat a medical condition. The result of medical malpractice may be a serious injury or even death. In this case, the lawsuit names Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp., as well as a doctor. The disabled man suffered permanent injury because of the stroke, although the exact injuries are not specified in the compliant.
As patients, we expect that our doctors and other medical professionals will use their knowledge, education, and experience, to properly diagnose and treat our medical conditions. When this does not happen, it can cause us to suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. If you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice, call the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation to discuss your case.
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