A woman is suing her doctors along with an Evanston hospital after a misdiagnosis led to the partial amputation of her foot. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that the doctors misdiagnosed a foot injury. The woman visited the hospital after having stepped on a needle. She was misdiagnosed with cellulitis, given a prescription for Cipro and sent home. Three days later, after the symptoms worsened, the woman was admitted to the hospital and developed gangrene in her foot. This caused the amputation of one of her toes and surrounding tissues. The lawsuit further states that the doctor failed to properly monitor her condition and did not order an MRI in a timely manner. Had that been done, the outcome would likely have been very different.
Misdiagnosis by Doctors
Misdiagnosis is a form of negligence or malpractice on the part of a doctor. Doctors and medical professionals are held to a high standard and are obligated to provide the proper level of care. When they do not take the steps necessary to determine a correct diagnosis, they are negligent in their duties. Further, when the negligence leads to serious injury or death, the doctor can be held responsible. In this case, the woman ended up losing part of her foot, an injury that will have lifelong consequences. The lawsuit states that the doctor waited too long to provide the right medical treatment, resulting in gangrene and the loss of a toe.
Gangrene Can Be Life Threatening
Gangrene is a serious condition that if left untreated can be life-threatening. There are many factors that make gangrene more likely. For example, those with diabetes or autoimmune disease may be at a higher risk for gangrene. Gangrene may be caused by an infection and blocked blood flow to a part of the body. The infection soon spreads and can affect other areas of the body. The woman in this case lost one of her toes and part of her foot, however, the outcome could have actually been much worse. The doctor failed to diagnose soon enough to save the amputation.
Recovery of Medical Costs
If you have been seriously injured because of the negligence of a doctor, you have recourse. When a doctor is guilty of malpractice you may be entitled to money for medical bills, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and any long-term losses you may suffer as a result of the injury. The woman in this lawsuit is seeking more than $50,000 for loss of wages, disfigurement, and both current and future medical costs. Medical malpractice happens more often than you may think. If you have been injured because of the actions or lack of actions of a doctor, speak with a qualified attorney. Your lawyer will review the situation, investigate the injury, and help determine your options. Do not hesitate because the sooner you seek legal assistance the better. Contact the professional legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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