Chicago Delayed Diagnosis Attorney
When a patient’s disease or other medical condition is not properly diagnosed by a healthcare provider despite the patient seeking an accurate diagnosis, that patient may be able to file a delayed diagnosis medical malpractice lawsuit. A delayed diagnosis typically results from an original misdiagnosis by a general practitioner or even by a specialist. In many delayed diagnosis cases, the patient’s actual condition goes undiagnosed for an extended period of time and worsens as a result, often to the point that it becomes terminal. In other circumstances, a patient may be misdiagnosed with a more serious illness and may receive invasive treatment for that disease only to learn later of his or her delayed diagnosis of a less serious condition.
In either circumstances, the patient may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. An experienced Chicago delayed diagnosis attorney at our firm can evaluate your case today.
Common Types of Chicago Delayed Diagnosis Cases
The following are common types of delayed diagnosis cases:
- Missed diagnosis;
- Misdiagnosis or wrong diagnosis;
- Failure to identify complications associated with a condition;
- Failure to recognize symptoms of a serious condition; or
- Improper invasive treatment for the wrong condition.
A delayed diagnosis is often linked to another type of medical negligence, such as a missed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis. The specific healthcare provider who could be liable for harm will depend upon the particular facts of your case.
Statute of Limitations for Delayed Diagnosis Claims in Chicago
The statute of limitations for most types of medical malpractice lawsuits according to Illinois law is two years from the date of the incident that gave rise to the claim. What this means is that injured patients usually have two years from the date of the harm to file a lawsuit. Otherwise, the clock on the statute of limitations will run out and the claim will become time-barred under Illinois law. However, the statute of limitations is often extended in delayed diagnosis cases, and the clock on the statute of limitations begins ticking instead on the date that the patient learned about, or reasonably should have known about, the harm that has resulted in his or her injury.
To ensure that you file your claim in a timely manner, you should seek advice from a Chicago delayed diagnosis lawyer as soon as you find out about your original misdiagnosis.
Contact Our Chicago Delayed Diagnosis Attorneys
Delayed diagnoses for any condition can be devastating, particularly when the original misdiagnosis results in an existing condition worsening significantly. In many cases, a delayed diagnosis means that a patient no longer can be cured of his or her existing disease. As such, the delayed diagnosis may result in the patient’s death.
If you or somebody you love received a misdiagnosis that led to a delayed diagnosis, you should seek advice from one of our Chicago delayed diagnosis lawyers as soon as possible to find out about filing a medical negligence lawsuit. Contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC to learn more about medical malpractice claims in Illinois.