When a person is suffering from a medical condition, prompt treatment can be very important. Thus, it is important for doctors to promptly diagnose conditions that their patients suffer from, so that correct treatments can be identified and administered in a timely fashion. If doctors fail to do this, it could have very negative effects on their patients. This can be seen in the allegations that have been brought in a recent medical malpractice case.
The case involves a woman who reportedly went to a hospital multiple times in February of 2009. The woman's husband claims that, during this time, the woman showed a variety of symptoms including pain and abnormal vital signs.
Allegedly, the first two times the woman went to the hospital with these symptoms, she was discharged soon after seeing a doctor. The husband claims that the doctors who saw the woman during these visits failed to properly diagnose what was wrong with her.
Then, during another visit to the hospital, it was allegedly discovered that the woman was suffering from pneumonia. The husband claims that the pneumonia eventually caused a brain injury which left the woman in a vegetative state. The woman died on March 13, 2009.
The husband has now brought a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois against the hospital and the doctors who saw the woman during the initial two visits. He claims that the doctors' failure to properly diagnose the woman during these initial visits amounted to negligence and that this negligence resulted in the woman's death.
The allegations in this case demonstrate how important it is for doctors to promptly and correctly diagnose medical conditions that their patients suffer from. A delay in receiving a correct diagnosis can result in a delay in receiving correct treatment, which can be very harmful to a patient. Thus, one hopes that all doctors will avoid negligent conduct when it comes to diagnosing patients.
Source: The Madison/St. Clair Record, "St. Elizabeth's, doctors named in med mal complaint," Kelly Holleran, 17 March 2011