The death of a loved one caused by the mistakes of others in a position to prevent the passing is one of the hardest things that a family ever has to go through. Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys have worked with many families in that situation and understand the variety of emotions that are involved. While nothing can make one completely whole again after they lose a family member, the legal system provides an avenue for those victims to hold the negligent individuals involved liable for their misconduct. Taking the steps to do so it helpful both in terms of providing redress to the family and as motivation to prevent the wrongdoer from making the same mistakes and harming another in the future.
Last week the Washington Examiner discussed a verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit that sought to hold a doctor and medical facility accountable for their poor care that ultimately led to the death of a woman. The family of the 43-year old victim died after a doctor’ failure to provide a through screening led to her passing. The woman was brought to the hospital because she was having trouble breathing and had chest pains. While at the facility she was examined by an emergency room doctor. T he doctor performed only a cursory examination of the woman before sending her back home noting only that she had chest pains of an unclear cause and bronchitis. A week and a half later the woman was found unresponsive in her bedroom and was pronounced dead when brought to the hospital twenty minutes later. She had died of a heart attack.
The victim’s family sued, and a jury ultimately agreed that the care provided to the woman in the emergency room visit was inadequate. They concluded that if the woman had received a proper examination when she went into the hospital the first time, then the doctor would or should have caught the warning signs of an impending heart attack. They awarded the family $4 million following the plaintiff’s verdict.
This case illustrates an all-too-common form of medical malpractice-failure to diagnose. When one enters a medical facility with clear health concerns, it is incumbent upon the professionals who evaluate her to do everything in their power to properly diagnose the condition. As this case demonstrates, failure to do so frequently results in necessary care not being provided. Lives are lost when emergency care is delayed or never received by those in distress.
When an Illinois failure to diagnose mistake occurs, local residents frequently count on our Illinois medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti to help ensure that legal rights are protected. Be sure to visit our office and share your story if you ever suspect you were the victim of medical malpractice. Our experienced professionals can listen to your story and explain how the law might apply. There are never any fees for this work, so there is nothing to lose from checking into the situation to ensure that your rights are respected.
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