Chicago Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis Attorney Serving Cook County and DuPage County
Helping Victims of Negligent Misdiagnosis
The quality of diagnostic tools and disease identification technology is improving constantly. Many diseases and conditions are entirely treatable if caught early enough by a thorough and observant medical practitioner. Patients can pay a high price when doctors fail to use available tools to diagnose their patients—even permanently losing the opportunity to cure their disease.
We rely on doctors to use their full expertise and resources to ensure we receive the treatment we need. When doctors fail to accurately diagnose identifiable diseases, they may become legally responsible for the patient’s worse condition, or even for their wrongful death. Victims of misdiagnosis need dedicated and rigorous representation in court; a lawyer capable of not only gathering and sifting through vast amounts of technical medical evidence, but presenting that evidence convincingly to a judge or jury.
Chicagoland medical malpractice attorney John Fairman can provide the skilled and experienced representation you need. If you or someone you love has been hurt by a misdiagnosis, contact the Homewood offices of medical negligence lawyer John Fairman for a free consultation as soon as possible.
Factors resulting in misdiagnosis
Medical professionals have a legal duty to use the education, skills, and tools available to them to assess every patient. When doctors fail to conduct the tests that a reasonable physician would under the circumstances, or fail to use care and attention in interpreting test results, and this carelessness results in a misdiagnosis, they may bear legal responsibility for the consequences to a patient. Doctors who fail to take action when receiving negative or ambiguous test results may also be responsible for a patient’s worse condition.
Conditions prone to misdiagnosis
Certain conditions share characteristics or symptoms with other conditions. Reasonable and trained physicians are aware of this fact and will take steps to rule out similarly-presenting diseases when making a differential diagnosis. Should doctors fail to rule out conditions that share similar symptoms, patients can receive the wrong diagnosis, causing them to miss out on receiving the right treatment. Conditions that are commonly misdiagnosed include:
- Many forms of cancer, including cervical cancer, colon cancer, testicular cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer
- Heart attacks
- Pulmonary embolisms
Get the Help You Need after a Serious Misdiagnosis Error in Homewood, Justice, IL
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a medical misdiagnosis or other medical error in Illinois, find out if you have a right to money damages for resulting injuries by contacting the skilled, compassionate, and dedicated Justice, IL medical malpractice misdiagnosis attorney John Fairman for a free consultation at 708-799-4848, or in Homewood at 708-799-4848.