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Wife alleges misdiagnosis resulted in her husband's death

Even though most medical professionals in Providence don't care to admit it, the fact is that diagnosing patients often involves guesswork. Signs and symptoms can only tell so much, after all. Yet advances in medical science that have greatly improved diagnostic testing should at least give providers a clear picture of what's going on inside of their patients. It's then up to them to take the results of those diagnostic tests and use their own expertise to come up with the correct diagnosis.

While not always right on the first attempt, doctors will almost always encourage patients to return to them should they experience a worsened condition. That gives them the chance to come closer to the actual problem by at least ruling out other possibilities. However, if multiple visits have failed to present a diagnosis and treatment plan that helps a patient to improve, then he or she may be justified in questioning the work of his or her providers.

An Illinois woman is raising just such questions after her husband recently passed away from complications due to a pulmonary embolism. In a recently-filed medical malpractice lawsuit, she alleges that doctors at a local clinic and an area emergency room failed three times in accurately diagnosing the problem he was experiencing. Had they known what was happening to him, she believes that the decision to turn off his respirator, which led to a fatal heart attack, may have been avoided.

Those who've been through a similar ordeal and seen a loved one suffer or die due to a medical misdiagnosis know the pain felt from knowing that their suffering may have been avoided had the proper care been given. In such a situation, they may wish to speak with an attorney about initiating their own lawsuit.

Source: Jacksonville Journal-Courier, "Lawsuit claims misdiagnosis among factors in death" Bre Linstromberg Copper, Apr. 24, 2014

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