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Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Lawsuits

The statistics on medical professionals failing to diagnose are alarming; according to a report released by the Institute of Medicine, most Americans will get a late or wrong diagnosis at least once in their lives, many of these diagnoses resulting in horrific medical consequences. This could be affecting more than 12 million people annually, indicating that it is a serious issue.

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Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serving Chicago and Surrounding Areas

At Levin & Perconti, we’ve been representing victims of misdiagnoses and/or failure to diagnose for years. Some of the most common medical malpractice lawsuits we see are those involving a provider’s failure to diagnose a patient properly, sometimes due to the fact that the provider isn’t properly listening to the patient.

$2.3 million

Settlement

against a laboratory for failure to properly read pap smears, resulting in the misdiagnosis of cervical cancer and eventual death of a 35-year-old mother of three children.

$2.25 million

Settlement

for failure to diagnose infection for a 5-year-old boy, who developed septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and intercerebral hemorrhage causing his death.

$2 million

Settlement

for a 45-year-old optician and his wife against two chiropractors and an internist who failed to diagnose and refer for appropriate treatment the man’s cervical stenonsis, which allowed it to progress to a condition of severe cervical spondylitic myelopathy

Types of Missed or Incorrect Diagnoses

When a patient seeks medical help, he or she trusts that their healthcare provider will perform the necessary steps to determine what is causing their symptoms. However, in doing so, the provider may make the wrong diagnosis, or fail to diagnose the true medical condition. A missed diagnosis (or a failure to diagnose) occurs when a healthcare worker does not diagnose a health condition in a timely manner, and it can lead a patient down the wrong treatment path, significantly delaying proper treatment.

We often see missed or incorrect diagnoses involving conditions such as:

  • Heart attacks
  • Aortic dissections
  • Pulmonary embolisms
  • Infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Appendicitis

Cancer Misdiagnoses

In many types of cancers or diseases, an early and correct diagnosis can make a significant difference in a patient’s prognosis, thus it is crucial for physicians to make the correct diagnosis as soon as possible. Some of the common cancer misdiagnoses we see include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Cervical cancer

Medical Negligence Lawyers

Failing to properly diagnose a patient prevents doctors and nurses from providing the proper treatment. In many cases, medical conditions are treatable when caught early. However, failing to diagnose or treat a medical condition can often lead to further injury or death.

Since 1992, our experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyers have represented a number of victims who have suffered a worsening condition, a significant delay in treatment, or even death, because of a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. Some of our medical malpractices cases have included:

  • A $4.75 million settlement for a 45-year-old man, whose heart condition went undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in his untimely death.
  • A $3.6 million settlement for the family of a 29-year-old man who died after a radiologist failed to diagnose his testicular cancer.

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for the harms caused. Our medical malpractice attorneys have successfully represented victims of misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses and have the experience and resources needed to handle these complicated matters.

To speak with an experienced attorney, you can contact us online and a lawyer will call you back at your convenience, or you can call us at 877-374-1417 or 312–332–2872 for a free consultation. You may also leave your contact information and a summary of your case with one of our chat operators and a lawyer will get back to you regarding your potential case.

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