When we visit a doctor we trust that they will properly diagnose our problem and provide us with the correct method of treatment. Such was not the case for one Chicago area woman. The woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County alleging medical malpractice against a podiatrist and hospital. She visited a foot specialist and hospital because she was experiencing pain and swelling of her left foot. An MRI was performed, which was reviewed by the doctor. According to court documents, the woman was diagnosed with several problems and agreed to have surgery. The surgery apparently did not resolve the problems and in fact, was likely unnecessary, per the lawsuit.
The woman in this case was diagnosed with several foot ailments including foot flexibility problems, flat feet, and joint arthritis with tendinosis. The podiatrist performed procedures that consisted of three complex foot and ankle surgeries. However, after undergoing all of these procedures the woman determined that they did not help. In fact, the procedures were, according to the lawsuit, negligently performed and the conditions were negligently misdiagnosed. The surgeries were medically unnecessary.
Careless and Negligent Medical Treatment
In this case, as in many others, the doctor and hospital are accused of misdiagnosing the problem and providing the wrong treatment. Doctors are required to use proper care when treating patients. When a mistake occurs they are held responsible for any injuries that result from it. The woman in this case underwent several surgeries that did not fix her problems. In fact, it was later determined that the original diagnosis was wrong and therefore the surgeries should not have been performed. The surgeries caused significant pain and ongoing suffering to the woman.
Medical mistakes occur frequently in hospitals and medical centers across the country. Mistakes are one of the most common causes of death in the U.S., a statistic that is alarming. Mistakes may include misdiagnosis, medication errors, surgical errors, and the failure to diagnose an illness, among others. When a medical mistake happens it could cause serious medical harm or even death. Some medical errors are not reported because they did not result in a serious problem. However, doctors and medical professionals are accountable for all medical mistakes.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
In this case, the woman did suffer medical harm because of the misdiagnosis and improper surgical procedures. The woman’s lawsuit requests damages of more than $50,000. She now suffers from chronic pain and will require additional surgeries to correct the problems caused by the doctor. Those who are harmed because of the negligent acts of a doctor are entitled to recover damages. The damages consist of costs of medical treatment such as surgeries, medical exams, and medications as well as future medical costs. Additionally, damages may include money for pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life, as well as legal fees.
If you or a loved one were seriously hurt because of medical malpractice you may be owed money. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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