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CDC: Lyme disease may be frequently misdiagnosed

Lyme disease is a potentially serious illness that is spread by deer ticks. It can range from flu-like symptoms to permanent conditions like arthritis, numbness and paralysis. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, officially speaking, there are around 30,000 cases of Lyme disease in the country each year, including several in […]

Alex Rodriguez filing medical malpractice suit against team doctor

Controversial baseball star Alex Rodriguez has been in the news a lot lately. Major League Baseball recently suspended him for 211 games for alleged connections to a medical lab that supplied illegal performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. Rodriguez is appealing his suspension. There are many twists and turns in Rodriguez’ story. Besides the suspension fight, he […]

Paralyzed man says doctor ignored abscess that caused it

A man might be able to walk today if the physician who cared for him in the hospital had acted reasonably to treat his condition, according to a new medical malpractice lawsuit. The doctor is accused of failing to treat an epidural abscess, causing him to suffer paralysis. The plaintiff was admitted into the hospital […]

Top 5 misdiagnosed illnesses

Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are among the most serious and common forms of medical malpractice. Sometimes, doctors miss signs or symptoms of a treatable illness, delaying or even denying care to their patients. Many times, this results in needless suffering and even death. Up to 98,000 people die in the U.S. each year due […]

Do cosmetic surgeons exaggerate effects of facelifts?

Modern society teaches us that youth and beauty are everything. We are bombarded with images of young, good-looking people that are successful and happy in movies, television and advertising. Some people grow dissatisfied with their appearance and go to a cosmetic surgeon. The doctor may convince the patient that a facelift or other procedure will […]

Girl suffers brain damage, lost leg to missed appendicitis

A 6-year-old girl is permanently disabled because doctors failed to notice that she had appendicitis, her parents say. The girl had to endure emergency surgery and almost died, and her parents want justice. They have filed a medical malpractice suit against the pediatricians and emergency room doctors they say should have recognized the symptoms of […]

Failure to diagnose Alzheimer’s can worsen symptoms, delay care

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most devestating illnesses that can affect people in Chicago or anywhere in the world. It is the sixth-highest cause of death in the U.S., and among the top 10 it is the only one that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed down. Anyone who has lost a family […]

Doctor accused of failing to diagnose bipolar, causing suicide

In cases of severe mental illness, suicide prevention may be one of the top priorities for the doctors involved in the patient’s treatment. In the case of an Illinois man who committed suicide last year, his psychiatrist is accused of misdiagnosing his bipolar disorder and failing to take reasonable steps to prevent his death. This […]

7 months of chemotherapy for misdiagnosed cancer: 1 woman’s story

Nearly every day, a doctor in Illinois tells a patient the words no one wants to hear: “You have cancer.” The diagnosis could mean invasive surgery and months of debilitating radiation or chemotherapy treatments. After it is gone, there is the ever-present worry that it could come back. Now imagine that your doctor tells you […]

Doctor’s lack of care caused permanent hearing loss, woman says

Readers in Chicago may be shocked to learn about the series of missed opportunities that doctors at several medical facilities in another state had to possibly save a woman’s hearing in her right ear. The woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against the facilities, including a hospital, a doctor’s office and a minute clinic, […]

Misdiagnosis incidents far outnumber other types of malpractice

We have discussed several forms of medical malpractice in this blog. Doctors across the U.S. sometimes commit surgical errors, medication mistakes and so on. But misdiagnosis is the most common type of medical negligence and is reportedly as deadly a problem as breast cancer. According to the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, misdiagnoses in intensive […]

Man with flesh-eating bacteria sent home from emergency room

Those suffering from a medical emergency in Joliet are entitled to medical treatment to stabilize their condition, regardless of their ability to pay. But one man in another state says that doctors at an ER he visited in 2010 either misdiagnosed his flesh-eating bacteria infection or purposely ignored it when they learned he had no […]

Spider bite misdiagnosis can harm Illinois patients

Readers have likely heard of the brown recluse spider. Though they are rare in Joliet, their habitat ranges from the southeastern U.S. to southern Illinois, according to the state Department of Public Health. Though generally minor, a bite from a brown recluse spider can be dangerous and potentially fatal, so proper diagnosis can be important. […]

Extra tests leading to misdiagnosis for heart patients

Physicians routinely order multiple tests to learn what is wrong when a patient is not feeling well. The results of the tests allow the doctors to decide which path of treatment will yield the best results, and then discuss these options with the patient. When a patient is complaining of chest pain, physicians will often […]

Woman devastated by husband’s death, sues Illinois eye doctor

Medical malpractice certainly affects patients. But patients are not the only victims when Chicago doctors make serious mistakes. Patients’ loved ones are also harmed by the mistakes of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists and hospitals. Although families and spouses of injured patients may not experience physical harm, they may experience emotional harm and other consequences that […]

Woman claims doctors failed to diagnose husband’s liver cancer

Some folks in Joliet might assume that they will never be affected by medical malpractice as long as they seek treatment from the most experienced and qualified medical professionals and hospitals. However, even the most renowned hospitals and doctors are capable of making mistakes due to negligence. Recently, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and several other defendants […]

Patient says Illinois doctor used illegal meds to treat cancer

An Illinois woman recently filed a complaint against her former doctor citing medical malpractice. The woman’s complaint states that her doctor made several errors when treating her. According to the lawsuit, the woman’s doctor diagnosed her with a condition that she did not have. As a result, the woman received intense treatment for a serious […]

Doctor failed to detect bed sores on elderly Illinois patient

Illinois retirees or disabled workers, as well as their loved ones, may have certain apprehensions about the subject of group care or other long-term care placement options, and for good reason. The financial aspect of such a placement or arrangement is enough to cause even the most diligent planners to worry. However, when reports surface […]

Woman becomes paralyzed after doctors fail to diagnose symptoms

In June 2007, a woman was rushed to an emergency room because she was beginning to lose strength and sensation in her legs. The woman was very concerned about what was happening to her, but it took hours for doctors to determine what was causing the patient’s symptoms. By the time the woman’s condition was […]

Children can recover well from strokes when properly diagnosed

Strokes are often associated with adults and the elderly, but did you know that about 3,000 children suffer from strokes every single year? Chicago doctors are well aware of the signs they are to look for in order to determine whether an adult patient has suffered a stroke, and doctors are also well aware of […]

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