When an Illinois resident goes to the hospital, he or she expects that the medical staff will be able to determine what is wrong and provide a course of treatment that will heal and/or cure the ailment. However, in some cases, physicians make diagnosis errors, which can at best delay the right treatment, and at worst, cause permanent or fatal consequences. If you suffered a permanent injury due to a misdiagnosis — or have a family member that died as a result — a medical malpractice claim could provide some relief for the financial burdens that accompany such a tragedy.
If a patient’s condition is misdiagnosed, the danger is not only from a delay in the correct treatment, but also from the treatment itself. Giving the wrong medication to you could lead to a deadly allergic reaction or even exacerbate the underlying medical problem. In either case, the possibility of suffering a permanent injury, disability or death clearly increases.
When this happens to you or a family member, an Illinois medical malpractice claim may be appropriate against any doctor who failed to correctly diagnose the condition. The physical damage is already done, but it may be possible to receive an award of damages. Any financial relief received could help with current and future expenses that arise as a result of the doctor’s error.
Diagnosis errors do not only affect the patient, but his or her family as well. No one should have to live out the rest of his or her life struggling to deal with a medical condition that a doctor should have recognized and treated properly. Moreover, a family who loses a loved one under these circumstances is entitled to the opportunity to seek a monetary judgment for financial losses sustained, which may also provide some peace of mind a similar tragedy will not occur to anyone else in the future.