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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Settlements reached in Chicago chef’s cancer misdiagnosis case

Chicago residents who have been diagnosed with cancer know how important it is to diagnose the disease while it is still in its early stages so that an individual has a better chance of beating cancer with radiation, chemotherapy or other treatments. Individuals can certainly take steps to ensure that they remain cancer-free by checking […]

Jury finds in favor of parents in ‘wrongful birth’ lawsuit

While a recent U.S. ruling in a medical malpractice case touches on several sensitive and controversial issues, the ruling is worth noting on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog. The controversial ruling that was made earlier this month in Oregon illustrates how a doctor’s error and awrong diagnosis can have a significant impact on a […]

Boy pronounced dead at Chicago hospital found alive hours later

Learning about the unexpected death of a loved one is certainly a devastating experience for families, but the death of a loved one is especially tragic when a child is involved. After doctors at a Chicago hospital told the parents of a 7-year-old boy on Feb. 18 that the child could not be resuscitated, the […]

Misdiagnosis of bacterial meningitis causes child to go blind

Pediatricians treat countless children every week in Chicago and throughout the entire state of Illinois for various illnesses and diseases. Fortunately, doctors commonly see children with similar cold or flu-like symptoms that simply result in parents being told to bring their children home so that their kids can get plenty of rest. But what Illinois […]

Cancer misdiagnosis may have lowered child’s chance of survival

When a child is ill, Chicago parents put their trust in doctors to make an accurate diagnosis so that their child can get better. Although the illnesses many Illinois pediatricians and family doctors diagnose on a daily basis are the common cold, ear infections or the flu, physicians must not be too quick to rule […]

Study warns doctors of fatal consequences of common drug overdose

According to a new study, even a slight overdose of the pain relieving drug acetaminophen has the potential to be deadly. Although consumers in Illinois and throughout the entire U.S. are advised to only take the recommended daily dose of the painkiller, the study also suggests that doctors need to be more aware of the […]

Child’s legs amputated after doctor fails to diagnose infection

The cold and flu season is in full swing now, and even though Illinois parents may stress with their children the importance of washing one’s hands and covering their mouths when they cough, children are bound to get sick. During the cold and flu season, pediatricians and other doctors diagnose countless patients each week with […]

Court finds in favor of Illinois doctor in wrongful death suit

A patient’s symptoms may not always be easy to diagnose, but doctors are trained to determine all of the different factors that could be causing a patient’s symptoms in order to properly rule out any life-threatening diseases or illnesses. If a doctor fails to consider all of the different factors that could be affecting one’s […]

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