Delayed Diagnosis

Instances where medical conditions are not timely diagnosed occur far too often: A study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and reported by Science Daily, showed that diagnosis errors account for the largest fraction of malpractice claim settlements and cause likely preventable injury or death for up to 160,000 patients each year. In an even more comprehensive review of numerous studies, failure to diagnose or delay in diagnosis accounted for anywhere from 26 percent to an incredible 63 percent of all malpractice claims.

In the field of heart health, delayed diagnosis, incorrect diagnosis, and failure to make a diagnosis together are the leading cause of malpractice claims, reports a six-year cardiology review by a physician-owned insurer. The most frequent cause of litigation is the failure to diagnose myocardial infarction, more commonly known as heart attacks.

Even if a healthcare provider fails to diagnose a condition promptly, the failure must be negligent and cause significant harm before a malpractice suit can be filed. It must be proven that the caregiver acted below an acceptable level of care and negligently increased the risk to a patient’s health.

BWMK lawyers fully understand the standard of care that doctors and nurses must exercise in their diagnosis. We have the experience to demonstrate that a client or their loved one sustained an injury that would not have occurred without negligently delayed diagnosis by the care provider. To discuss your injuries or those of a loved one that may have resulted from a negligent delay in diagnosis, please contact us.

Successes

$6.75 Million Brain Damage Settlement

A 68-year-old woman was admitted to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin after experiencing headaches for two weeks. Family members indicated that, on that day,…

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$17 Million Emergency Room Error Settlement

A male with a history of and a severe risk of developing bacterial endocarditis went to the University of Chicago Medical Center complaining of severe…

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$1.5 Million Rare Jury Verdict for Tardive Dyskinesia-Related Medication Error

Our client, a 21-year-old man with autism, received the first reported Cook County verdict in at least 25 years involving a medication and its connection…

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$32 Million Settlement for Quadruple Amputation Due to Delayed Diagnosis

We represented the mother of a Chicago girl who, at age 8, was taken to the hospital with a fever and pain in her right…

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$19.4 Million Jury Award as “Routine Surgery” Leads to Negligence

Our client, a 60-year-old woman, went to the hospital for outpatient surgical removal of a benign ovarian cyst. During surgery, however, doctors punctured her bladder….

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$15 Million Settlement in Birth Injury Diagnosis Delay

A boy was born brain damaged with chronic seizures and limited movement as the result of a physician’s alleged failure to act on numerous warning…

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$12 Million Settlement for Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment of Meningitis

Our client, who himself is an attorney handling personal injury and other civil litigation cases, was transported to the hospital’s emergency room complaining of a…

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$5.5 Million Diagnosis Delay Settlement

A young boy suffered a permanent brain injury after a delay in diagnosing post-operative bleeding at the site of his surgery.  

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$5.25 Million for Cancer Misdiagnosis on Mother of Three

A mother of three children under age 7 made four doctor visits complaining of vaginal bleeding, but the physicians failed to timely diagnose cervical cancer….

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$3.5 Million Medical Negligence Settlement in New Mother’s Death

Our client had a c-section delivery of her son at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. The surgery itself was uneventful with a normal blood loss, but…

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