A lawsuit was filed in Cook County by the mother whose son died after an alleged misdiagnosis at a local hospital. The lawsuit was filed against Advocate Christ Medical Center, Advocate Children’s Hospital, and the parent company, as well as five doctors who treated the son. According to the lawsuit, the 20-year-old son was a cancer patient and was receiving treatment in the pediatric unit. He arrived at the emergency room on January 31, 2014 complaining of severe pain. He also had a rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. He underwent a variety of tests including a CT scan and blood tests and medications were prescribed. However, according to the lawsuit, only one of the two prescriptions was given to him and he later died as a result of cardiac arrest.
Misdiagnosis and Mistakes
Mistakes are certainly more common in hospitals and medical facilities than most people imagine. The hospital should be considered a place to receive treatment to improve your condition, not make it worse. In this instance, the son was only provided one of the two medications which were vital to improvement. When misdiagnosis, miscommunication, or mistreatment occurs they are all considered forms of medical malpractice. In this case, the miscommunication between hospital workers was likely the reason why he did not receive the medications that could have saved his life.
Proper Diagnosis and Treatment Are Essential
Doctors are required to provide a high standard of care. They must utilize their education, knowledge, and experience to provide quality care to patients. All too often, patients do not get the right diagnosis or treatment. In many cases, the misdiagnosis may not have caused severe injury or harm to the individual so the correct treatment was provided with the proper results. However, when a misdiagnosis happens many people do not know what to do. In fact, you may not even know that the problem occurred. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice it is necessary to report the problem and document it. Then, speak to a medical malpractice attorney to learn how to protect your rights.
Seeking Damages Due to Medical Malpractice
Misdiagnosis and negligent medical treatment can be costly. Those who have suffered injuries may be entitled to damages that include the costs of medical treatment necessary due to the malpractice. Additionally, you may be entitled to money for lost wages and for pain and suffering. If you are permanently injured your medical and rehabilitation costs could be astronomical. You may also seek money for a loss of enjoyment of life. If a loved one died, as in this case, the damages may take into account funeral expenses.
Victims of medical malpractice have a limited time to file a lawsuit. For this reason it is best to discuss the matter with a qualified medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will review your situation to determine the legal options that are available to you. Contact the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a consultation today.
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