What to do regarding medical malpractice?

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What to do regarding medical malpractice?

My husband had a bad cough so I took him to a medical center. They never took an X-ray and told us he coughs because he smokes. They gave him a Z-pack instead. Three other places turned us away for help because they gave him a Z-pack. Finally I took him to the fifth place another hospital and they took X-rays. He had double pneumonia and then had heart failure when the pneumonia attacked his heart. If he had gotten care on time. He would have not had heart failure. Today he is fine physically however he lost his job. Having heart failure on his medical records has ruined his career. He is now uninsurable and unemployable. No other medical history of any other kind of illness. The first medical center should of taken an X-ray.

Asked on May 26, 2013 under Malpractice Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The issues is whether or not, based on the symptoms your husband showed and reported, as well as his medical/health history (i.e. that he smokes), it was negligent (unreasonably careless) to not take a chest X-ray. It may not have been; it may have been a reasonable diagnosis under the situation, and if a medical care giver makes a reasonable diagnosis, there is no malpractice, even if that diagnosis turns out to have been wrong. The best way to evaluate whether that was the case, or whether you may have a valid claim, is to consult with experienced malpractice counsel.


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