When we go to the doctor we expect that the medical professionals will help us, rather than make us worse. Sometimes, however, medical mistakes occur and when they do they can be very serious. A recent lawsuit was filed by a patient who alleges that doctors’ misdiagnosis led to permanently disabling injuries. The lawsuit names Waukegan Illinois Hospital Company, LLC, Vista Emergency Department Lindenhurst, the parent companies, and two doctors alleging medical malpractice. The woman is seeking damages of more than $50,000.
Misdiagnosis is Common
When you visit the hospital or doctor you place your health in their hands because you trust that they will properly diagnose and treat your problem. In fact, the problem of misdiagnosis occurs commonly in medical facilities and hospitals across the country. Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice. Doctors must provide a high level of care to patients and correct diagnosis is the first step. In this case, the woman visited the hospital emergency room with severe chest and back pain. She was diagnosed with unspecified musculoskeletal pain and sent home. Later she was correctly diagnosed with a spinal infection.
Spinal Infections are Serious
A spinal infection is a serious medical condition and one that requires immediate treatment. It may impact the discs, vertebrae, and spinal cord. It is an infection that often spreads to the spine from another area of the body. If left untreated, the infection can cause damage that may be permanent. The woman in this situation has spent a large amount of money on medical care to treat the infection and resulting rehabilitation. Had the infection been diagnosed properly initially, the outcome may have been much better.
Medical malpractice may occur in a number of different ways. Mistakes may be made during surgery. Care after a procedure could cause harm if not done properly. A doctor may fail to diagnose a disease or illness or may diagnose the wrong illness, as in this situation. Failure to act can also be medical malpractice. In order for a situation to be considered medical malpractice the victim must be able to prove that the doctor or medical professional did not use the necessary care that is required. A doctor is expected to use his or her knowledge, education, and training to give every patient the best care possible.
Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
When a doctor makes a mistake it can be costly, both financially and physically. A patient that is the victim of a medical mistake should be compensated financially for damages. Damages may include the costs of medical treatments, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. A lawsuit may be necessary to resolve the situation. Many such cases are resolved with a negotiated settlement while others may end up in court. Regardless, the victim and the family deserve to receive money for the losses they encountered as a result of the mistake. If you or your loved one suffered a serious injury or died due to medical malpractice, contact the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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