A doctor has a tremendous amount of responsibility when he or she is conducting a check-up of a patient. During a medical appointment, it is expected that the doctor will use due care to ensure that the patient receives the correct treatment for any medical issues that he or she may face.
When a doctor fails to adequately diagnose or delays diagnosis of a medical condition, this can result in severe injury to a patient. A delayed diagnosis refers to an instance in which there is a time gap between the patient’s appointment with a doctor and the doctor’s correct diagnosis of the patient’s illness. Those patients who are injured as a result of this negligence may have a legal claim against a doctor for this lack of care. Delayed diagnosis can be extremely problematic, because time is of the essence for diagnosis of many types of conditions.
If a doctor fails to adequately diagnose a case of cancer or appendicitis, then a patient may not have enough time to receive the treatments that he or she needs to get better. In a case such as a heart attack, there may only be hours for a doctor to make the appropriate diagnosis. A delay in diagnosis of a heart attack can lead to imminent death of the patient. For patients who believe that there may have been a delayed diagnosis that lead to serious health issues, it is important to show that there was an injury that resulted from the delay in diagnosis. A patient may also be able to show that his or her existing condition worsened as the result of a doctor’s failure to provide the proper diagnosis.
Determining Whether the Doctor Was Negligent In Their Diagnosis Delay
Patients who believe that they were injured as the result of a doctor’s failure to diagnose an illness will need to prove that the doctor was negligent in some manner under Illinois law. This usually entails a thorough investigation of the facts of a case to determine whether a doctor was somehow impaired or otherwise grossly negligent in an appointment. A doctor may have been under the influence of drugs, alcohol or another substance at the time of an appointment which could have impaired his or her ability to reason and provide sound medical advice. A doctor may have simply deviated from professional medical standards in such an inept fashion that he or she was unable to diagnose the illness.
A delay in diagnosis attorney can assist a patient in the process of researching his or her case. Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will be able to compare the performance of the doctor with the performance of other doctors in the medical profession to determine whether his or her standard of care deviated from what is typically expected of a doctor.
Injuries Patients Can Suffer Due To A Doctor’s Delayed Diagnosis of a Medical Condition
A recent study of Patient Safety Incidents (PSIs) by HealthGrades indicates that the failure to diagnose an illness may be quite common. The statistics of the research study indicate that 155 out of every 1,000 patients suffers due to a “failure to rescue.” This could mean that a doctor failed to properly diagnose the patient or that the doctor misdiagnosed his or her illness.
When a patient is the victim of a failure to diagnose, there are many ways in which he or she can be injured. A patient may experience an injury in one of the following ways:
- Permanent physical disability after an undiagnosed heart attack or other illness
- Prolonged illness
- Loss of brain functions
- Death after an undiagnosed illness
These types of injuries can cause a patient to miss out on his or her daily work. A patient may experience a loss of wages or otherwise be unable to provide a stable income for his or her family. There may be multiple forms of damages available for patients who have suffered as the result of a failure to diagnose. He or she may be eligible to recover medical expenses, lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering and other types of damages. A patient may even be able to recover millions of dollars as the result of a failure to diagnose.Get Legal Help From Experienced Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers for a Delay Diagnosis Case Today
It is important to call an Illinois delay in medical diagnosis attorney when you believe that a failure to diagnose has worsened your health. Also, those who have lost a loved one due to a failure to diagnose may also be eligible to receive compensation with the help of a medical malpractice lawyer. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has experience prosecuting Chicago medical malpractice cases involving delayed diagnosis. Our attorneys are willing to meet with you without expense or obligation on your part to discuss your potential delay in diagnosis case. As will all of our medical negligence cases, we only earn a fee when there is a recovery for you. Call us anytime. 888-424-5757