Diagnosis-related negligence can be extremely harmful to patients. Such negligence can sometimes even have fatal results. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals and medical facilities to not act negligently when it comes to the examining, testing and diagnosing of patients. No patient should have to suffer harm or lose his or her life because a medical professional or medical facility failed to act properly.

A case has recently come up that involves allegations of diagnosis-related negligence. The case involves a now-deceased woman who received care at a hospital in Illinois. The woman reportedly received this care in late 2010.

The woman’s family alleges that negligence occurred in relation to this care. According to the woman’s family, a condition the woman had was not diagnosed in a timely fashion and the woman was not given proper treatment for the condition. The condition in question was an elevated “International Normalized Ratio.”

The woman’s family claims that this alleged negligence resulted in the woman dying. The woman’s death occurred on Dec. 26, 2010.

A lawsuit has been brought in a court in Illinois by the woman’s family in connection to the above allegations. A doctor, two nurses and the above-mentioned hospital have been named as defendants in this lawsuit. Reportedly, the woman’s family is asking for damages in this lawsuit.

As the allegations in this case illustrate, a negligent failure to properly diagnose a condition can cause a great deal of harm. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals and medical facilities are held accountable when they commit negligence like that alleged in this case.

Source: The Madison/St. Clair Record, “Children sue St. Elizabeth’s over mother’s death,” Kelly Holleran, Nov. 7, 2012

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