When you go to a doctor you expect that every step will be taken to properly diagnose and treat your medical problem. Sometimes, however, that is not the case. A man filed a lawsuit against Northwestern Medical Group, Northwestern Medicine, Hinsdale Orthopaedics, and two doctors alleging negligence. The lawsuit states that insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and that his injuries were improperly evaluated and treated.
The man in this case sought medical treatment after he injured his arm with broken glass. The man was treated and released. However, the man’s arm was not healing properly and he experienced pain. He later found out that the glass had lacerated his tendon and surgical repair was necessary. The original diagnosis was not thorough enough and the doctors failed to determine that the man’s tendon was severely injured. As a result of misdiagnosis, the injury worsened.
When a doctor provides improper diagnosis or treatment, he may be negligent. Doctors can be negligent when they do something that injures a patient, or fail to do something that they should have, and a patient’s condition worsened. Doctors are held to a high standard of care and are expected to properly diagnose and treat patients. Negligence by the doctors in this case caused additional pain and required surgery to repair the problem. The problem was not resolved for almost 5 months.
Failure to Diagnose
The doctors in this situation were negligent because they did not fully diagnose the man’s arm injury. The man was injured with broken glass but the doctors failed to perform a thorough examination which would have shown the injured tendon. Instead, they treated only the superficial wounds and did not resolve the tendon injury. As a result, the tendon injury was allowed to worsen and at the same time, the man suffered pain and difficulty using his arm.
The man’s tendon was cut with glass during his accident. If treated immediately, it may have been able to be resolved without surgery, depending on the extent of the injury. Because the injury was allowed to worsen over time, surgery to repair it was necessary. The surgery took place months after the initial accident rather than resolving the problem immediately. The failure to treat the tendon injury in a timely manner could have caused permanent damage.
Legal Action Required
When a patient is injured because of the negligence of a doctor it is often necessary to seek legal action. The doctor should be held accountable for his negligent actions and for the pain and suffering that resulted. In this case, the lawsuit is seeking damages of more than $50,000 to cover medical and other expenses. Those who were harmed through no fault of their own should speak with a qualified attorney to learn how to proceed. Many lawsuits are settled with negotiations. If you have been hurt by neglect of a doctor, contact the legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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