Diagnosis Errors And Their Lasting Impact On Chicago Patients

Diagnosis is perhaps the most critical part of any interaction you have with your doctor or nurse. It defines the kind of treatment you receive, if you receive any at all. When diagnosis errors happen, complex medical malpractice claims likely follow. If your treatment was delayed due to the failure to diagnose, it is time to get legal assistance from experienced and highly aggressive medical malpractice attorneys who can handle the unique challenges of misdiagnosis claims.

At Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., our medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience handling injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of Chicagoland patients and families affected by a misdiagnosis. If you believe you've been affected by a misdiagnosis, please contact our offices today.

Misdiagnosis Can Have Devastating Consequences

When a health care provider fails to diagnose a medical condition, a patient may experience devastating effects, including a shortened life span. It is difficult for any patient to be diagnosed with a fatal condition, but to find out something could have been done to fight the symptoms if diagnosed at an earlier stage can cause significant harm.

Misdiagnosis could mean one of the following:

  • Delay in diagnosing a fatal condition, which in turn may prevent starting a course of treatment that could cure or otherwise help the patient
  • Mistaking a condition for another condition, meaning the wrong treatment may be administered
  • Failing to diagnose a treatment altogether

Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases include cancer, aortic dissection, heart attack, clogged arteries and infection. We have also worked on major cases involving failure to diagnose blood diseases and blood-borne illnesses.

Compensation May Ease The Struggles

A doctor who misdiagnoses a condition should be and can be held accountable for his or her actions. Of course, there is nothing that can be done to reverse or change a failed diagnosis; however, financial compensation may help ease some of the challenges a patient and his or her family will now face.

For instance, financial compensation may help a patient pay for high-quality treatments or in-home care that can help improve his or her quality of life. In cases involving the death of a patient, the money may be used to help surviving family members pay for outstanding medical costs as well as funeral and burial expenses.

Call To Discuss How We Can Help You And Your Family

If you or a loved one has suffered from being wrongly diagnosed, it is important to know that you have legal rights. The compassionate and highly skilled medical malpractice lawyers at Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., can help you seek a recovery.

We have the resources and experience necessary to stand up to hospitals and their insurance companies when something goes wrong. We are very passionate about helping victims of medical malpractice seek and recover compensation for their injuries and losses and are ready to help you.

To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 872-225-0195 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout Northern Illinois.