Although most children in Illinois are healthy, occasionally, parents need to take their children to the hospital for an illness. Luckily, medical providers in Chicago are some of the best and usually provide excellent care. Unfortunately, this is not the case for every family and medical malpractice, such as a missed diagnosis, occurs far too often.
A local family is suing the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, along with a physician and the Pediatric Faculty Foundation. The patient alleges that she saw the physician in 2006 and was diagnosed with kidney failure. She was under this physician's care until 2012. In 2012, she was diagnosed with urinary reflux, and in 2014, she needed a kidney transplant. She and her parents allege that the doctor and hospital failed to recommend or perform any reasonable diagnostic tests, or refer her to a specialist while she was under the physician and hospital care from 2006-2012. Because of their negligence, the plaintiffs allege that the patient's medical condition worsened.
When a family goes to the doctor, they assume their medical condition will be diagnosed and a medical plan to get better will be established. Doctors have many medical tests and diagnostic tools at their discretion, and they undergo years of medical training in order to learn how to help their patients. But, sometimes, doctors make mistakes. They miss crucial signs of illness, do not order the correct tests or rush through medical appointments.
If a family believes a loved one has been unexpectedly injured because of a medical mistake, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney has the knowledge to investigate the circumstances surrounding their client's medical condition. They can research their client's medical records, consult with experts and help determine who is at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future medical expenses and other damages.