The failure to diagnose a patient’s true medical condition can lead to a whole host of serious consequences – from lengthy hospital stays and chronic pain to permanent disability and death. And in some cases, as our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys know, a missed diagnosis can also lead to permanent paralysis, leaving the victim a paraplegic or quadriplegic.
For example, failure to diagnose a broken neck can cause a patient’s condition to deteriorate, leading to avoidable paralysis. If a person is involved in a serious accident, such as a car crash, and fractures his spine, failure to diagnose and treat that condition can result in paralysis. Delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to permanent root damage, resulting in permanent paralysis.
Another example is a doctor’s failure to diagnose a physician failed to diagnose cauda equine syndrome, a condition in which spinal nerves a crushed into the spine itself. The condition is treatable if prompt action is taken. Otherwise, a patient can become permanently paralyzed.
These cases highlight an important facet of medical malpractice law. Many people think of medical malpractice as something which occurs when a doctor or nurse takes some action which directly causes harm or injury: for example, leaving a sponge in a surgical patient, providing a combination of drugs which causes a severe reaction, or amputating the wrong limb.
Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys know, however, that medical malpractice can also occur when a doctor fails to take a necessary action to protect the patient. Missed diagnoses are the most common example, but the failure to provide or order proper treatment can also be medical malpractice. Whatever the situation, the failure to take action which a reasonable doctor would take under the circumstances can be actionable medical malpractice.
If you have suffered serious or permanent consequences when a physician failed to diagnose your condition, or did not make the proper diagnosis for a long period of time, you may have been the victim of medical malpractice. Talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney about whether you might have a legal claim for your injuries and pain.
For a free consultation with an experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyer at Passen & Powell, call us at (312) 527-4500.