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Doctor allegedly fails to inform patient he has bladder cancer

Suit alleges patient thought he was cancer-free and was unaware of test results A Chicago-area woman is suing an Oak Park urologist for allegedly failing to inform her father of his cancer diagnosis, according to the Chicago Tribune. Her father, who died of the disease in 2013, had gone to have a tumor on his […]

What to do when confronted with unexpected blood test results

Human error can result in inaccurate lab work. Doctors and medical professionals test blood samples for a variety of purposes. Lab tests can determine how much blood thinner to give a patient who has just had a heart attack, for example, or to diagnose cancer. One of the most important parts of an annual checkup […]

IOM finds “most people” experience at least one misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis can lead to harm since a failure to properly diagnosis an illness or injury can lead to a delay in needed treatment. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a publication designed to draw attention to the issue of diagnostic errors within the medical field in the United States. The piece follows previous publications […]

8 Tips to Help You Avoid a Doctor Error (Infographic)

8 Tips To Avoid a Doctor Error

When you don’t feel well there is nothing you want more than to just feel better. You don’t have time to be sick and you want to know what is wrong right now.  Getting the right diagnosis for what ails you though isn’t always that easy. Especially if you have those “flu-like” symptoms that are relatively […]

Teen’s rare, painful condition went undiagnosed for 6 years

As we have mentioned before on our Joliet medical malpractice law blog, a misdiagnosis of a serious or life-threatening condition may prevent patients from receiving the treatment they need to survive their health problems. A misdiagnosis may also cause patients to go through months or years of pain while they bounce from doctor to doctor, […]
Failure to Diagnose

Woman suffers permanent injuries from misdiagnosis mistake

When patients seek treatment for concerning symptoms, their doctors may have a responsibility to refer them to specialists when a diagnosis cannot be easily made without further examination. When patients are referred to specialists or other doctors, it is extremely important for medical professionals to communicate with each other when they are treating the same […]
Failure to Diagnose

Doctors, men need to pay attention to breast cancer warning signs

Every year, about 232,000 women in Illinois and throughout the U.S. are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Many women understand that they may be at risk of developing breast cancer, and they may be aware of what signs to look out for so that they can see their doctors immediately to determine whether they do […]

Woman’s healthy pregnancy mistaken for cancer, lawsuit claims

Medical malpractice committed by Chicago doctors, hospitals or nurses may result in minor or temporary injuries. Fortunately, victims may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, suffering and lost wages, which may allow victims to move on with their lives and forgive medical professionals for their mistakes. But when medical malpractice results in […]
Pregnancy-Related Injuries

Doctor wrongly diagnosed Illinois woman with cancer, lawsuit says

When Chicago patients are diagnosed with cancer, they may assume their doctors have properly read and reviewed their medical tests to provide them with an accurate diagnosis. Patients also assume that since their doctors have experience treating patients with cancer, their doctors will know how to treat their conditions as safely and effectively as possible. […]
Doctor Errors

Should doctors use computer programs to diagnose health problems?

As we have mentioned before on our Joliet medical malpractice law blog, it is important that doctors diagnose patients’ conditions as accurately and quickly as possible so that patients can begin receiving the medical treatment they need before their conditions worsen or become deadly. Infections, brain injuries, heart problems and cancer are serious medical conditions […]
Failure to Diagnose

Breast cancer misdiagnosis results in unnecessary mastectomy

Last week on our Joliet medical malpractice law blog, we had mentioned that there is still much debate amongst medical professionals and patient safety groups about whether or not doctors are over screening and over treating women for breast cancer. Breast cancer screenings save many lives every year by detecting cancer in its early stages […]
Failure to Diagnose

Child infections can be deadly when doctors ignore warning signs

When doctors misdiagnose a patient’s symptoms, the patient’s condition and symptoms are usually prolonged. In worst case scenarios, a wrongful death can result from a misdiagnosis, as was the case with a 12-year-old boy whose sepsis symptoms went undiagnosed by his family physician and an emergency room staff earlier this year. The boy cut his […]

Patients and doctors need to communicate to avoid diagnosis errors

An increasing number of physicians and public health authorities are questioning the continued over-testing of patients throughout the country. These medical professionals are particularly concerned about the potential for making a misdiagnosis, but they are also worried that overexposure to radiation and other medical testing hazards could actually cause health problems while trying to detect […]
Failure to Diagnose

Panels says ovarian cancer screenings should be limited

Although patients living in Illinois may believe medical examinations only provide positive and effective results, some tests actually can be dangerous and give a misdiagnosis. This could result in unnecessary treatment and even harm patients. Medical experts in a variety of specialties have cautioned that medical tests should only be performed when there is no […]
Failure to Diagnose

Misdiagnosis from hospital negligence: statistics alarming

Our country has some of the best hospitals in the world, with trained doctors and specialists that treat everything from minor infections to very serious life-threatening illnesses. However, not all patients can be cured, and many people do die in hospitals from natural deaths that cannot be prevented. Even the most highly trained doctors with […]
Hospital Negligence

New test for heart attacks may be able to prevent misdiagnoses

Many Chicago residents will suffer from a heart problem or a heart attack in their lifetimes. An accurate and timely diagnosis of a heart condition is imperative to help a person recover. However, when a patient isn’t adequately treated or receives a misdiagnosis, a patient could be at risk of suffering serious health problems or […]

Knowing brain injury symptoms in children may prevent a misdiagnosis

Medical professionals and safety advocates believe that Chicago parents and physicians can never be too cautious when dealing with children’s head injuries. Bumps and blows to the head can bruise a child’s brain, causing a concussion. Concussions can lead to very serious brain injuries including bleeding in the brain and skull fractures. Childhood brain injuries […]
Brain Injuries

Woman cautions patients about the possibility of a misdiagnosis

Quality health care is something that is regularly discussed in Chicago and throughout the rest of the United States. Americans trust that when they step into a doctor’s office, hospital room or medical center, they will receive the best medical attention as possible. Part of keeping this quality of care intact is clear communication amongst […]

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