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 were named in a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed by the wife of one of Kaiser’s former patients. The woman claims that her husband died of liver cancer because Kaiser and its medical professionals failed to diagnose the patient’s cancer before it became terminal. The delayed diagnosis prevented the woman’s husband from receiving treatment that may have prevented the cancer from spreading, the woman’s lawsuit states.
According to the lawsuit, the woman’s husband had been treated by Kaiser and its doctors since 2003 when the woman’s husband was diagnosed with Hepatitis and cirrhosis. While Kaiser and its doctors treated the patient for these conditions, the wrongful death lawsuit claims that Kaiser and its doctors failed to notice that some of the patient’s symptoms were being caused by another medical condition.
Finally, Kaiser diagnosed the woman’s husband with liver cancer in 2011. By the time medical professionals realized the man had cancer, though, the man’s cancer had already developed into terminal cancer. The man died the following year.
The patient’s wife claims that doctors were negligent when treating her husband, and as a result, doctors allowed the patient’s cancer to spread. The man had to undergo intense and costly medical treatments, but by the time he received the treatment he needed, it was too late. The man’s wife is seeking compensation for her husband’s medical expenses, lost wages and other damages for her husband’s wrongful death.
If you believe that your doctor did not diagnose your cancer as soon as your doctor should have, you may have a medical malpractice claim against your doctor. To learn more about protecting your rights and building a strong and effective case against your doctor, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your area.
Fighting cancer is an emotionally and physically draining process, but it is also very costly. If your doctor is responsible for allowing your cancer to spread and to go untreated for too long, you may be entitled to obtain compensation for your cancer treatments, lost wages, pain and other damages resulting from a cancer misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis.
Source: Courthouse News Service, “Kaiser accused of failing to diagnose liver cancer,” Tish Kraft, May 1, 2013
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