With many medical issues, timing is of the essence to ensure that a patient receives the best quality of care possible. In situations where the difference between a positive outcome and a tragic ending can be measured in minutes or days, any delay in the proper diagnosis or start of treatment can have devastating consequences. A misdiagnosis, wrongful diagnosis, or a delayed diagnosis, of a patient’s condition can mean a lost chance for a cure. Delays in the accurate diagnoses of diseases and injuries can harm patients in many ways. A patient’s condition may worsen causing him greater pain and suffering. Recoveries may be prolonged, and in the worst of cases, a patient may die because time-sensitive treatment options are no longer available.
Under Illinois law, all healthcare providers are under a legal duty to timely perform any necessary and customary medical tests that a healthcare provider under similar circumstances would have performed. Any healthcare provider who fails to timely provide an accurate diagnosis of a patient’s illness or to timely identify a patient’s injury may be liable for medical malpractice. Healthcare providers include not only doctors practicing general medicine but specialists as well (including radiologists, oncologists and surgeons). You may also have a claim of medical malpractice against any healthcare provider who misinterprets or misreads the results of a test. Commonly misread tests include: CT scans, MRI scans, mammograms, x-rays, and ultrasounds.
If you, or a loved one, lost medical treatment options because of a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis you may have a claim against the medical provider who failed you. The experienced and knowledgeable attorneys of Keating Law Officers are ready to help you seek justice if you believe you were harmed because of a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.