Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Lawsuits

Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serving Chicago and Surrounding Areas

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.

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.

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 medical malpractice 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.

Illinois Medical Malpractice Blog - Misdiagnosis
Margaret, Daisy and Bryan. This magnificent cohesive team led by Margaret represented us for my mom's nursing home wrongful death case. They were most patient and responded timely to many questions throughout the entire process. All demonstrated professionalism and extensive knowledge of case and state laws. Their in-depth investigative work uncovered details which were unknown to us and yet sadly confirmed our suspicions. We would recommend the Levin and Perconti Law firm and especially this team. Kathy and Ron
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client