No patient should have to be subjected to diagnosis-related negligence. A patient can suffer great harm when a medical professional fails to correctly diagnose him or her due to negligence. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals to not act negligently when it comes to the examining, testing and diagnosing of patients.
Recently, a case involving an alleged failure to diagnose has arisen in Illinois. The case involves a boy who reportedly received care from a doctor at a hospital in May of 2011.
The boy’s father claims that the doctor was negligent in her care of the boy. Specifically, the boy’s father claims that the doctor negligently failed to diagnose a medical condition the boy had. The medical condition in question is a condition called cauda equina syndrome.
According to the boy’s father, this alleged failure to diagnose has resulted in the boy suffering a variety of harms including:
- Permanent impairment
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
A lawsuit has been brought in a court in Illinois by the boy’s father in connection to these allegations. Reportedly, the above-mentioned doctor and the above-mentioned hospital are named as defendants in this lawsuit. This lawsuit reportedly is asking for damages.
As the allegations in this case underscore, patients can suffer great harm when medical professionals negligently fail to properly diagnose them. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals are held accountable when they commit negligence like that alleged in this case. One also hopes that all medical professionals make sure to act properly when it comes to the examining, testing and diagnosing of patients.
Source: The Madison/St. Clair Record, “Doctor failed to diagnose boy with cauda equina syndrome, suit says,” Kelly Holleran, Jan. 25, 2012