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Lake County Medical Malpractice Lawyers

According to a 2014 study published in BMJ Quality & Safety, approximately 12 million American adults receive incorrect diagnoses each year. An incorrect diagnosis can lead to a delayed diagnosis, which can cause the patient to miss treatment for his or her condition at a critical stage, altering his or her prognosis and ultimately reducing his or her quality of life. In cases where diagnosing the patient’s condition at a specific stage is not as critical to his or her treatment, a delayed diagnosis can cause the patient to suffer longer than necessary and prolong his or her recovery time. Incorrect diagnoses can also mean subjecting the patient to inappropriate treatment for his or her condition. At best, receiving improper treatment is a waste of time and money, and at worst, it is harmful to the patient’s health. Incorrect and delayed diagnoses can often be avoided, and when they occur because of a physician’s negligence, the patient can seek compensation for his or her damages through a medical malpractice claim.

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been a medical staple for decades. This type of scanning yields detailed images of a patient’s organs and other structures inside the body. They are often used to diagnose injuries and conditions in the head, abdomen, spine, chest, and blood vessels. In recent years, MRIs have become a popular way to diagnose another type of condition: birth injuries. Unlike x-rays and CT scans, MRIs do not use radiation. This makes them perfectly safe for pregnant women and their developing fetuses to undergo. An MRI can also provide a more detailed image than an ultrasound can provide, which is why they have become popular with obstetricians seeking concrete diagnoses of suspected developmental abnormalities and potential birth injuries. An early, accurate diagnosis can help a delivering physician avoid birth injuries in a newborn and help parents make important decisions regarding the safe, healthy delivery and care of their developmentally abnormal newborn. When a physician fails to make this type of critical diagnosis because he or she did not take necessary care to do so, he or she could be deemed negligent and liable for the patient’s medical malpractice damages.

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An act of medical malpractice can leave a patient suffering from a permanent disability, a worsened condition, or even a brand-new health condition. In some cases, acts of medical negligence leave patients dead.

Nearly all medical procedures have some risk of complications. It is the physician’s job to take care to avoid these complications and warn the patient about them thoroughly so the patient can determine whether a procedure’s benefits are worth facing its risks. Sometimes, specific medical devices are linked to complications in patients, yet remain in use because their value outweighs their potential complications. One such device is the heater-cooler, a device used to regulate a patient’s temperature during chest surgery. Since the device’s launch, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received 339 reports of difficulties with the device from hospitals around the country. At least 15 people have died from infections from heater-coolers.

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Dog bites can happen at any time. Although many of us would never imagine being bitten by a friendly family dog, the truth is that any dog, of any breed, can bite a human victim and cause a substantial injury. Dogs that are frightened, provoked, or suffering from neurological conditions can bite victims, as can dogs trained specifically to attack and aggressive dogs that are not trained or contained properly.

A dog bite injury can have long-lasting repercussions, such as nerve and tissue damage and emotional anguish following the bite. When a victim is bitten by a dog suffering from rabies, he or she is at risk of developing the condition as well. In 2016, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner signed amendments to the Illinois Animal Control Act into law regarding the proper actions for owners of dogs responsible for bites to take after bites occur. If you are bitten by a dog and you did nothing to provoke the bite, you can potentially recover compensation for your resulting damages through a personal injury claim.

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Protecting the public from harmful products is a joint effort. Responsibility lies with product manufacturers to ensure that the products they send to the market are safe for consumers to use and that any potential hazards they pose are labeled appropriately. Safe product and appropriate packaging guidelines are created and enforced by a group of federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Coast Guard. When a faulty or defective product slips past these barriers and harms a consumer, a personal injury lawyer can help him or her file and pursue a product liability claim. Through this type of claim, an injured victim can seek compensation for all of his or her damages related to the injury, such as lost wages, medical bills, and miscellaneous expenses known as “pain and suffering” damages.

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