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Failure to Diagnose Disease or Medical Condition

Chicago Attorneys for Failure to Diagnose Medical Condition

Representing Victims of Failure to Diagnose throughout Illinois

The failure to diagnose a medical condition or disease is one of the most common types of medical malpractice and it can have serious and life-threatening results. Since a proper and timely diagnosis is necessary in order for a patient to receive the appropriate medical treatment, the failure to diagnose a disease or medical condition can result in the lack of proper medical treatment or can cause adverse drug reactions.

At Cogan & Power, P.C., our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers focus on helping the victims of medical malpractice as a result of a failure to diagnose, including the failure to diagnose a disease or medical condition, the failure to diagnose cancer, and delayed diagnosis, recover for their injuries and losses.

By utilizing a collaborative approach to legal representation, we are able to provide our clients with a big-firm level of legal skill and experience while maintaining a small-firm level of client attention and service. Clients communicate directly with the firm’s partners, and we will meet with clients in their homes or healthcare facilities when it is difficult for them to travel.

Contact our office at
(312) 477-2500
Schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys if you believe that you may have been the victim of medical malpractice due to a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis.

Proven Track Record of Success

Our dedicated Chicago medical malpractice attorneys are committed to protecting your legal rights and preventing future medical errors by obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients, including:

•$5.5 million for a two-year-old child who suffered brain damage due to a failure to diagnose and treat Reye Syndrome;
•$3.05 million for a newborn infant who suffered cerebral palsy as a result of the failure to diagnose fetal distress;
•$3.0 million for a pre-terminal patient due to the failure to diagnose colon cancer;
•$1.9 million for a man who suffered an 18-month delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer;
•$1.75 million for a girl who suffered severe nerve damage as a result of the failure to diagnose and treat anterior compartment syndrome; and
•$1.5 million for the surviving family of a woman who died as a result of the failure to diagnose chicken pox.

Causes of Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose

There are several reasons that a doctor may fail to make the proper diagnosis. Some of the more common reasons for failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis include:

Inadequate physical examination
Failure to adequately respond to patient symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath
Failure to perform regular screenings
Failure to heed a patient’s complaints
Failure to order appropriate tests, including EKGs, blood tests, ultrasounds, x-rays, and MRIs
Misinterpretation of test results
Misdiagnosis of cancerous tumor as benign
Failure to provide adequate follow-up care
Delayed referrals to specialists
Failure to use the proper medical equipment to treat the medical condition, such as injection of epinephrine, use of a defibrillator, or implantation of a pacemaker

Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases and Medical Conditions

At Cogan & Power, our Chicago misdiagnosis attorneys represent clients who experienced a delay in various diseases and medical conditions. Some of the more commonly misdiagnosed diseases and medical conditions include:

Heart disease
Heart attacks
Allergic reactions
Lyme disease
Parasitic infections of the gastrointestinal tract
Bowel perforation
Diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes
Fetal distress

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Failure to Diagnose
Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Delayed Diagnosis

If you experienced a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose and were injured as a result, contact the Chicago diagnosis error lawyers at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve through a medical malpractice claim.  If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you.  And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.