Recent data published by The American Cancer Society found that in 2011, over 6 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer. This may be surprising, but we at Malman Law find the hundreds, perhaps thousands of misdiagnoses even more disturbing. Every year, sick and injured Americans trust medical professionals with their lives. Most of the time, they do a wonderful job. But a mistake for them can mean a death sentence for you.
Misdiagnois is a form of medical malpractice that can be difficult to prove. However, with a thorough investigation, it is possible. Some of the steps in our time-tested, methodical approach include unraveling the chain of command, speaking to eyewitnesses and hospital staff, and investigating what tests were given. When diagnosing cancer or other illnesses, time is of the essence. It’s critical that health care professionals take absolutely every necessary step and precaution to ensure you’re in optimal health. If you or someone you know has experienced a misdiagnosis or a delayed or incorrect diagnosis, it’s time to seek the help of our malpractice lawyers in Chicago.
What is Considered Medical Misdiagnosis?
There are just about as many causes of misdiagnosis are there are conditions to diagnose. But some of the ones we see the most are:
- Failure or delay in giving tests and/or screening
- Misreading patient signs and symptoms
- Lack of reporting / following up on suspicious test results
- Misreading diagnostic test results
In the event of a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, friends and family suffer along with the victim. Medical bills escalate, hospital stays go on much longer than necessary, the patient is forced to haveunnecessary surgeries and procedures and take time off work. The law in Illinois states that if you have suffered complications due to misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to repayment. It makes sense to speak to a lawyer with expertise in the matter.
At Malman Law, wegenuinelycare about the rights of the injured, and we will do what it takes to bring you justice. Call us today at 1-888-MALMAN-LAW and set up a free medical malpractice case evaluation.