A man who claims his doctors failed to diagnose a serious spinal condition from which he was suffering has filed an Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit. The Madison-St. Clair Record has the details of the latest legal filing.
The victim is from Collinsville, Illinois who visited doctors at the Southern Illinois Brain and Spine Center following a work injury. He had severe lower back pain and some problems with his left leg. The first doctor the man saw did not notice anything and referred the man to a second doctor who also did not immediately diagnose the man with any spinal conditions. Instead, the second doctor told the man that he needed an operation on his spine. The complex surgery involved various back procedures including a laminotomy, foraminotomy, and a disectomy.
However, the man’s back and leg pain continued. It was later discovered that he actually had Caudia Equina Syndrome. The condition includes complications with the nerve roots that extend from the brain. It causes them to become compressed and paralyze. The nerves are responsible for sending messages from the brain to other parts of the body, including the legs. Patients who do not receive quick treatment often face permanent paralysis, impaired bladder control, and loss of sexual sensation.
The suit alleges that the doctors did not perform tests that they should have which would have identified the problem. On top of that, the complaint suggests that the surgeon who operated on his back was negligent in his conduct by removing spinal material unnecessarily.
A failure to diagnose is a particularly costly form of mistake. Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Percont have won many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for patients whose doctors failed to timely diagnose a medical complications. The loss of time to treat the problem can never be undone, often with deadly consequences.
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