Advances in modern medicine have helped to increase the human life span, ward off disease, and treat conditions that were previously thought fatal. The foundation of any medical treatment is dependent on a proper and accurate diagnosis. Doctors must order the appropriate tests, which must be performed correctly and interpreted correctly.
It is an unfortunate reality that in many instances, doctors and physicians act negligently and cause serious injuries to innocent victims. Something as simple as a delayed diagnosis can result in a catastrophic injury or loss. At Zayed Law Offices, we are a premier law firm that handles medical malpractice and misdiagnosis cases in Chicago and the surrounding areas. We are one of the fastest growing medical malpractice law firms in the area and have a proven track record obtaining significant settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. Have questions? Visit our Protecting Your Rights page for further information.
Doctors and medical providers are required to abide by a standard of care. When this standard of care is deviated due to a misdiagnosis, a failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis, it is the patient who suffers. Studies have shown that 42 percent of patients feel they have suffered from a medical error or a missed diagnosis at the hands of a doctor. And what is more astonishing is that the rate of misdiagnosis has not improved at all since the 1930s. The cost of medical tests, drugs and operations can unfortunately overshadow patient safety in terms of importance.
Our medical malpractice lawyers undertake a wide range of work in the area of medical malpractice, including cases involving:
- Hospital malpractice
- Medication/prescription errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Failure to diagnose
- Surgical errors
There are different kinds of medical misdiagnosis. Most commonly, medical misdiagnosis involves a wrong diagnosis completely. A patient is at the biggest risk in this situation because treatment is directly affected by the medical condition the patient is suffering from. The wrong diagnosis could also involve diagnosing a person with a condition whose symptoms are actually side effects of a medication he or she is taking.
In cases of minor illness, such as the common cold, identification of a condition’s subtype is not necessary. But in other cases, such as those involving heart problems or diabetes, failure to identify a subtype can be a serious and life-threatening concern. Each patient is unique, so it is important that the doctor understands enough about the patient’s ailment.
Besides a specific subtype, medical misdiagnosis can also involve a failure to identify the underlying cause or secondary condition that a patient may be suffering. This underlying cause may actually be the real cause of the condition that has been diagnosed. A patient’s health can suffer as a result of inappropriate or inadequate treatment in these cases.
In other circumstances, the medical misdiagnosis is related to under-diagnosed or over-diagnosed conditions. This negligence on behalf of a doctor can be extremely dangerous to the well-being of the patient because he or she is either diagnosed with a condition he or she does not have or is not diagnosed with a condition he or she truly has. We handle medical misdiagnosis cases concerning:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Infections and sepsis
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Pulmonary embolism
Several factors can contribute to surgical error mistakes. Preoperative planning is a necessary and vital component to surgery that is often overlooked. Medical staff should completely check a patient’s medical history, especially reactions to medication, to evaluate the risk of a particular surgery on that patient. Miscommunication is almost inevitable when multiple practitioners are working together to help a patient. Miscommunication can lead to misidentifying a patient or even incorrectly marking the wrong site for surgery. Also, practitioners sometimes misread a drug’s dosage or the patient’s reaction to a drug. Fatigue can greatly impair a practitioner’s ability to read a patient’s chart, impair their judgment and deter their focus on a patient’s needs. The failure to properly sterilize equipment can lead to further infection, septic shock and other life-threatening conditions. The most common surgical errors include wrong-site surgery, incorrect incision, foreign objects retained after surgery, operating on the wrong patient and anesthesia errors.
Medication errors are responsible for approximately 7,000 deaths per year. There are several causes of medication errors including illegible handwritten prescriptions from doctors, past dose-response relationships, and medication orders with similar/confusing names. Doctors’ handwriting is of notoriously poor legibility which often creates confusion when dispensing medication to patients. Often times, past medicine use can pose a threat to new prescriptions especially when a reaction to past medication could compound the patient’s health problems. Medications with homonym names also cause confusion with dose requirements as well as the effects of the wrong prescription to the patient’s health.
Contact An Illinois Medical Negligence Attorney
We welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your legal situation. Please contact Zayed Law Offices, to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your legal situation. Complete a short online contact form. Our team is happy to schedule consultations at a time that is convenient for you. You do not pay lawyer’s fees unless we recover compensation for you. We have two office locations: Joliet and Chicago, Illinois.