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Doctor error could have contributed to worsened medical condition

Medical professionals are tasked with the job of treating, and potentially curing, illnesses and injuries. Most are excellent at their jobs and take a lot of pride in their work. However, on occasion, a doctor error can occur that can cause further injury to an Illinois patient. If the error caused further injury, it could be compensable under medical malpractice law.

A doctor error is defined as an act that caused injury, or a worsened medical condition, and could have been avoided had a doctor chosen another more reasonable course of action. These situations are often measured against what another doctor in the same field of medicine would have done had they been assigned the patient. If another doctor would have made a different and less risky or less damaging decision, the treating doctor may have committed an error amounting to doctor negligence. These injuries can be very debilitating for the patient because an incorrect treatment or decision can have a two-fold compounding effect.

For example, if a doctor treats a patient for a disease they are not suffering from, the patient receives a potentially dangerous incorrect treatment. In addition, the actual condition is not addressed, which can lead to further injury or worsened medical condition. Even though the doctor's actions were likely unintentional, there are ways to collect for the injuries one suffers, or will suffer, due to the medical providers mistakes.

It is a little crazy to think that you can actually be injured at the doctor's office. But, the possibility does exist because people are not perfect and they do make mistakes. If a health care provider's mistake costs you your health or well-being, you should understand your legal options.

Source: FindLaw, "Failed/Erroneous Diagnosis and Treatment," Accessed Feb. 27, 2017

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