Articles Tagged with Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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When you go to a doctor to be treated for an injury or illness, you expect your condition to improve. However, occasionally the negligence or wrongful actions of a medical professional can cause additional harm, and your overall physical and mental health deteriorates. In some cases, this medical malpractice can even lead to the death of a patient.

While we would like to think that cases of medical malpractice-related fatalities are rare, a 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety found that an estimated 400,000 people die prematurely each year due to preventable harm caused to patients by medical professionals, and that 10-20 times as many people suffer from non-lethal harm each year. This means that it is more critical than ever that patients are aware of the signs of medical malpractice so that they can consult an attorney if they believe that they or a loved one was harmed, or died, as the result of a doctor or hospital’s actions. Here are a few of the signs you can look out for indicating that you or a loved one may be a victim of medical malpractice.

Failure to Diagnose

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Diagnostic testing is a primary part of the job for many medical professionals. Knowing which tests to conduct and which questions to ask to make a correct diagnosis is critical to ensuring patients receive the treatment they need. When a patient is misdiagnosed or has a delayed diagnosis, injuries can occur from the lack of timely treatment.

For example, if a patient who has had a heart attack is misdiagnosed with acid reflux and sent home, they are at higher risk for another, more serious heart attack and will not receive the treatment they need to address any cardiovascular issues. In addition, cancer is often misdiagnosed, and the delay in treatment can ultimately necessitate more invasive treatment or allow the cancer to develop to the point where it is no longer treatable.

The above are only two of many examples of common misdiagnoses in the United States. If you were misdiagnosed and suffered unnecessary complications or injuries as a result, it is important to consider whether you have legal rights to financial recovery from your doctor.