What’s the Difference Between a Misdiagnosis and a Missed Diagnosis?

Published on May 21, 2024 at 8:05 pm in Medical Malpractice.

When you go to the doctor for a health concern, you expect them to look at your health history and perform a thorough examination to determine what is ailing you. But, when your doctor tells you nothing is wrong or prescribes medication for an illness you don’t think is the cause of your symptoms, you might feel discouraged or even scared.

You might then seek a second opinion from another doctor, hoping that they will find the true cause of your illness. And when a doctor misdiagnoses you as well, what options do you have?

In this post, we’ll discuss what the differences are between a misdiagnosis and a missed diagnosis and how serious both types of medical negligence can be to a patient’s health.

Can You Sue for an Allergic Reaction?

Published on Apr 23, 2024 at 7:57 pm in Medical Malpractice.

According to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), there are “tens of thousands” of individuals in the U.S. who suffer anaphylactic reactions, another way of referring to someone who experiences a severe sensitivity to an allergen every year.

This one factor results in 1 per every 3,000 inpatient hospitalizations. That same report outlines how anaphylaxis leads to anywhere from 500 to 1,000 annual fatalities in our country.

Informed Consent and Medical Malpractice Claims

Published on Apr 2, 2024 at 7:22 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Anyone who is preparing to undergo a medical treatment or surgery should go through the informed consent process.

However, while statistics aren’t readily available, physicians likely fail to perform this required pre-operative procedure when treating patients. Doing so violates a doctor’s duty of care per a court ruling cited in a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2023, yet it happens nonetheless.

Another study published by the NIH in 2004 suggested that the “lack of informed consent can reinforce a claim of medical malpractice.”

Below, we’ll delve deeper into what informed consent is, when it must be performed, and by whom.

We’ll also describe the dangers associated with doctors failing to consent patients and how situations like these often lead to the filing of a medical malpractice claim.

What Should I Know About Filing a Birth Injury Lawsuit in Illinois?

Published on Aug 21, 2023 at 9:58 pm in Medical Malpractice.

What Should I Know About Filing a Birth Injury Lawsuit in Illinois
Preparing for the birth of your child is supposed to be an exciting time for every parent. You’ve spent months researching car seats, stocking up on diapers, and organizing baby clothes. But something went wrong, and now your child has been irreversibly harmed.

If a doctor’s negligence hurt your child and you’re wondering, “What should I know about filing a birth injury lawsuit in Illinois?”, know that you’re not alone. Prince Law Firm is a proud legal advocate and ally for families in Marion, Williamson County, Johnson County, and beyond.

Is Birth Injury Preventable?

Published on Aug 26, 2022 at 8:12 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Is Birth Injury Preventable?

As a parent, there are few things more important in life than preparing to welcome the birth of a child. When a doctor’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful actions cause your child to suffer, you may be left wondering: Is birth injury preventable?

At Prince Law Firm, we understand how difficult it can be to watch your child suffer what was most likely a preventable injury. You may be racked with guilt, wondering if it was your fault or if there was anything you could have done. The reality is that you are not the medical professional; your obstetrician is. You trusted their expertise only to be let down.

What Can Happen When a Stroke Is Misdiagnosed?

Published on Oct 23, 2020 at 12:51 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Strokes are serious events that happen in the arteries of the brain and are caused by a blockage of blood flow or rupture of a vessel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 87 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes, or caused by a blood clot.

When the blood flow to or within the brain is restricted, brain cells die. When brain cells die, you can lose your memory, certain motor functions, or worse. This is why it’s imperative for strokes to be recognized and diagnosed as soon as possible—because taking too long and misdiagnosing could be the difference between life and death.

When you’ve been misdiagnosed by a medical professional and it ends up causing you further damage, you could be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim. At Prince Law Firm, our lawyers understand how hard it can be to deal with the effects of a misdiagnosis. That’s why we’re here to help you with your claim and ensure that you get justice for your doctor’s negligence.

What Are the Odds of Winning a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Published on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:18 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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When a doctor or other medical professional fails to abide by the standard of care and injures a patient, the injured party can file a medical malpractice claim to seek compensation for their losses. When negotiations fail and a claim proceeds to trial as a lawsuit, it’s important for the plaintiff to understand the rights, options, and the likelihood of them receiving a monetary award for their expenses and suffering.

While every situation is different, there are factors we can look at to determine what the odds are of winning a medical malpractice lawsuit. Let’s start by taking a look at statistics from past cases.

A Brief History of Medical Malpractice in Illinois

Published on Dec 20, 2019 at 3:29 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Every day, millions of patients are seen in hospitals and medical facilities across the country. Whether you’re heading in for a routine exam or a complex procedure, you expect to receive care that benefits your health. When a physician or other medical professional acts negligently and you’re injured, you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim. Doing so will put you on the path to receiving the compensation you need to get your life back in order.

5 Facts You May Not Know About Misdiagnoses

Published on Feb 14, 2019 at 4:16 pm in Medical Malpractice.

It can be harrowing to know you have a medical issue. But when you go to the doctor, you know that you’re taking a step in the right direction. However, medical errors do occur and unfortunately can severely hurt patients. Mistakes can happen when pharmacists, nurses, or surgeons are negligent. There are also instances where hospitals make administrative errors that could give medical professionals incorrect or incomplete medical information that could lead to an error that harms patients.

You can make a medical malpractice claim with the help of Prince Law Firm in Illinois. A misdiagnosis can lead to expensive injuries and damages that could need further treatment and possibly keep you out of work for an indeterminate amount of time. You deserve compensation for what you’ve been through that will help cover the costs of your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Citizens in Illinois deserve to know that their rights will be protected if they’re wrongfully injured. Our experienced lawyers are well-versed in medical negligence law and know what it takes to get you the compensation you need. While these cases are complex, we’re ready to put in the work needed to prove that you were a victim.

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