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Diagnosis errors cited in lawsuit filed after angiogram

A woman in another state is suing a medical corporation and a doctor after undergoing what was supposed to be a simple procedure. Illinois residents may be interested to know that this procedure and the diagnosis errors that occurred as a result allegedly caused permanent injury to the woman. She filed the suit in early April of this year.

According to records from the court, the woman's procedure was performed in February of 2012. She says the angiogram allowed the doctor to access her left artery. However, she feels that something went wrong.

After the procedure, she complained to the doctor that she was having numbness, swelling, severe pain, tightness in her arms and saw evidence of discoloration. The doctor, however, allegedly never assessed her complaints. She claims this left her severely injured.

The injuries listed in the suit include internal bleeding, radical artery occlusion, median nerve injury, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, neuropraxic pain syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome. In January of 2015, the medical review panel found the doctor and the medical corporation had failed the woman. Their findings stated that they not given her the correct standard of care, which likely led to her injuries.

She has accused the defendants of a failure to order appropriate tests and the failure to perform the right procedures. She also says that they did not find the cause of the injury, which caused further injury, that the diagnosis errors led to further injury and that their inability to refer her to a specialist in time to receive needed care all contributed to the severe lasting injury she now has. Patients in Illinois who feel that medical professionals have made mistakes during procedures may seek justice by filing similar medical malpractice claims.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Doctor sued over patient's alleged complication from angiogram", Brandon Caples, June 4, 2015

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