Mark W. Mathys and Mark T. Schneid recently obtained a $7,250,000 settlement for our client in a failure to diagnose medical malpractice case in Cook County, Illinois.
An Illinois woman is seeking financial damages for medical malpractice after a physician reportedly lied to her about a medical condition and gave her unapproved drugs. The woman was told that she had "pre-leukemia," according to news reports. In many cases, we talk about the failure to diagnose a legitimate medical condition -- in this case, the physician diagnosed a condition that did not even exist!
The "duty of care" individuals owe to one another is different from the "standard of care" physicians are required to provide for Illinois patients. Negligence is rooted in careless personal behavior that may or may not be intentional. Medical malpractice, like surgical errors or failure to diagnose correctly, is negligence at a professional level.
The earliest stage of breast cancer is called ductal carcinoma in situ, or D.C.I.S. Pathologists in the United States conduct hundreds of thousands of breast biopsies every year and mammography technology has advanced in the past 30 years. However, D.C.I.S. is difficult to diagnose and studies have shown that many pathologists have given incorrect diagnoses.